Fire destroys Delco church dating to the late 1800s

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A Delaware County church was gutted in a two-alarm blaze Monday morning.

No injuries were reported in the fire at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Boothwyn, near Chichester High School. The blaze, on the 3200 block of Chichester Avenue, was first reported around 8:30 a.m.

“It’s sad. It’s been a lighthouse in the community,” said Benjamin Jones, the church’s organist, told CBS3 news.


Jones said he has been a member of the congregation for 67 years and lives just a few houses away from the church.

“I blinked and an explosion of flames just ripped up the back,” he said.

During the blaze, TV helicopter video showed smoke pouring out of the brick building while firefighters in an aerial basket hovered above the roof.





Several windows were knocked out and firefighters had to cut holes in the roof to ventilate and check for fire extension.

Ogden Fire Chief Craig Small told CBS3 that it took 100 firefighters about two hours to get the blaze under control, noting that the more than century old structure proved tricky.

“It’s 1885, how old it is. You’re talking heavy timber construction, wood, wide open space, great grounds for a fire to grow,” Small said.














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