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Fire guts Philadelphia church

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.- A raging six-alarm fire destroyed a large church in the Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section early Wednesday morning. Flames also damaged five homes and dozens of residents were evacuated.

Authorities said the fire broke out at about 7:45 a.m. local time at the Prince of Peace Baptist Church. Flames quickly consumed the entire four-story building and by 8:30 a.m. firefighters struck a fifth alarm.

At about 8:45 a.m. rescue crews went door-to-door evacuating residents in homes immediately east of the church.

At 9 a.m. firefighters struck a sixth alarm for additional manpower after five nearby row homes and power lines caught fire. Power was shut off and street closures caused a traffic backup on Interstate 76.

The fire was placed under control by 9:45 a.m. at which point, the only part of the building left standing, was the façade and the church sign.

Parishioners on scene say they will rebuild and are just thankful there were no injuries.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

 

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