SKEGNESS. Considerable excitement was created the parish church of this place on Sunday morning last, during the service. The flue which passes through the roof having become over-heated, tho wood-work around caught tire. By cutting portion of the lead rool aud pouring water in, the fire was goon extinguished. The service was shortly afterwards resumed.
Source: Louth and North Lincolnshire Advertiser – Saturday 28 March 1863
Note: The parish church as described in the newspaper article would have been the old church of St Clement’s, as St Matthew’s church wasn’t built in 1863..