NEW YORK - A historic East Village church was destroyed after a fire broke out in a nearby vacant building early Saturday morning.
“I would consider it to be very heavy damage," FDNY Assistant Chief John Hodgens said at a news conference. "It’s going to be a difficult time for them to rebuild.”
More than 200 firefighters responded to the six-alarm fire, which started shortly before 5 a.m. on the first floor of a building at 47 East 7th Street.
It then spread to the 128-year-old Middle Collegiate Church, causing its roof to collapse. The fire also spread to another building on 7th Street where the blaze was contained after it started.
Second Avenue between East 6th and 7th Street are currently closed to pedestrians and cars due to concerns about the stability of the buildings, according to officials.
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