West Philadelphia Community Relying On Faith Following Devastating Church Fire

By | September 1, 2019


UNION MEETING ROAD AS AN ALTERNATE, BACK TO YOU. THIS MORNING A WEST PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY IS LEANING ON THEIR FAITH AFTER A DEVASTATING FIRE AT THEIR HISTORICAL CHURCH. FIRE FIGHTERS REMAIN ON THE SCENE THERE THIS MORNING WATCHING FOR FLARE-UPS AND THAT IS WHERE WE WILL FINE “EYEWITNESS NEWS” REPORTER DAN KOOB LIVE OUTSIDE THE CHURCH IN PARK SIDE WITH THE VERY LATEST, GOOD MORNING, DAN. REPORTER: GOOD MORNING, JAN AND JANELLE. THIS WEST PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY IS, REELING AFTER THIS CHURCH BEHIND ME BEEN AROUND SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE 20TH CENTURY MAY NEW BE A TOTAL LOSS. FLAMES EXPLODED OUT OF THE GREATER BIBLE WAY TEMPLE IN WEST PHILADELPHIA, TUESDAY AFTERNOON AROUND 3:00 P.M. PARTS OF THE CHURCH COLLAPSING IN ON ITSELF, OVER THE COURSE OF THE FIRE FIGHT. WE WILL BE HERE THE ENTIRE NIGHT, DEALING WITH THIS ACTIVE FIRE FIGHT, ULTIMATELY EXTINGUISHING THIS FIRE, FIRE MARSHALS ARE WHO ARE AN EVENTUALLY WE WILL HAVE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS BUT RIGHT NEW, AGAIN WE ARE DOING WHAT WE DID. REPORTER: FIRE COMMISSIONER TIEHL SAYING IT TOOK ABOUT 75 FIRE FIGHTERS, AND NEARLY THREE ALARMS TO BEAT BACK THE BLAZE, BISHOP BENJAMIN PETERSON CULLED IN THE BELIEVE IT. WE’RE THANKFUL. WE DECLARED THINGS JUST GOT BETTER. REPORTER: THIS CHURCH IS A STAPE UNTIL WEST PHILADELPHIA, HOUSE OF WORSHIP ON THE 1400 BLOCK OF NORTH FIFTH SECOND STREET IS ALSO, THE FORMER SAINT GREGORY’S REMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH BUILT IN 1904. THE ENTIRE CHURCH HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN FIRE. IT IS JUST SAD, MAN AND TO BE SO CLOSE AND TO SEE THAT HAPPEN LIKE THAT UNBELIEVABLE. REPORTER: ONE PERSON WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL THEIR CONDITION UNKNOWN BUT AN ADJACENT BUILDING HAD TO BE EVACUATING DISPLACING 23 RESIDENT INCLUDING DOROTHY THOMAS. WHERE AM I GOING TO LIVE AFTER THIS IS ALL OVER W I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE CONDITION OF THE BUILDING IS. REPORT REPORT INVESTIGATION CONTINUES ON EXACTLY WHAT STARTED THIS FIRE. WE ARE ANTICIPATING AN UPDATE LATE FOR DAY.

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