Fast-moving fire destroys historic church in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania News

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania church that had recently been added to the National Register of Historic Places was destroyed Thursday when a fast-moving fire roared through the building, authorities said.

Dozens of firefighters responded around 2:30 a.m. to the former Third Presbyterian Church in Chester, a city 17 miles southwest of Philadelphia on the Delaware River. They encountered heavy flames and thick smoke upon arrival, then battled the blaze for several hours before it was brought under control.

No injuries were reported in the fire, but some nearby of the homes were briefly evacuated as a precaution.

The abandoned church, built in 1896, had been bought by the Chester Historical Preservation Committee, which was planning to restore it. The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in November.

Authorities do not believe anyone was in the church when the fire broke out. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

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