Historic 128-year-old church in New York was destroyed in a big fire

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The Middle Collegiate Church located at 112 Second Avenue in the East Village ,New York, burned before dawn after a fire spread from an adjacent five-story vacant building at around 5am. Firefighters arrived at the scene in three minutes. Approximately 44 units and 198 members worked on the scene. It was an old church. Built in 1892, the church is home to the oldest congregation of the Collegiate Churches of New York, which date to the Dutch settlement of the island in the 1620s. The New York fire department said there were four minor injuries to firefighters. The bell tower houses New York’s Liberty Bell, which pealed to mark the birth of the United States of America in 1776 and has been rung for the inaugurations and deaths of American presidents and events. It’s believed the bell survived the fire.

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It remains unclear what caused the initial fire but fire marshals say that fire was electrical. New York officials offered their support to the community Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that the fire was “heartbreaking” and said: “We’ll do whatever we can to help Middle Collegiate rebuild.” The church houses about 1,300 congregants. The Middle Collegiate Church announced that they will be a holding a virtual space at 7 p.m. for anyone who wants to mourn Saturday’s tragedy.