VIDEO: Fire destroys historic Chicago church

  • Source: WANE-TV CBS 15 Fort Wayne
  • Published: 04/18/2022 12:00 AM

A fire that destroyed a beloved historic church in Englewood reignited overnight. Bystanders Saturday morning thought to have seen smoke coming from the church, but fire officials confirmed that it was steam from the extinguished fire. The extra-alarm fire destroyed the historic Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on Good Friday afternoon. The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. Fire Department called a 2-11 alarm, and later a 3-11 alarm, for extra equipment and manpower at the church at 6248 S. Stewart Ave., at the intersection with Englewood Avenue. By 2:48 p.m., the Fire Department reported the roof caved in. CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl reported the fire was easily able to accelerate in high spaces that are not readily accessible to hose lines. Between that and the heavy timber construction of the roof, the fire was easily able to grow out of control.



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