NEW YORK (RNS) — An early morning fire in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood has destroyed the 128-year-old sanctuary of Middle Collegiate Church, one of the oldest congregations in the city.
Nearly 200 firefighters worked to put out the fire in a slow drizzling rain, according to reports from The Gothamist. There was no loss of life in the fire.
The six-alarm fire began on the first floor of a nearby five-story vacant apartment building on East Seventh Street in the East Village around 5 a.m. before igniting the church, FDNY officials told local ABC news reporters. The church’s roof was in flames by 6 a.m.
The apartment building was reportedly vacant because of an earlier fire there in February.
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