Fire destroys former church building

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Part of the roof of a former church building collapsed as flames filled the structure Thursday night.

NewsChannel 15’s photographer at the scene said the roof came down about 45 minutes after fire crews first arrived at the building. You can see it collapse in the video above.

Photo shows crews battling a fire in a building on South Hanna Street on April 7, 2016.
Photo shows crews battling a fire in a building on South Hanna Street on April 7, 2016.

Fort Wayne firefighters were called to the building at 1413 Hanna St. around 6:45 p.m. That’s near the Hayden Street intersection.

When crews first arrived, the building was full of smoke. Crews first started to fight the fire from inside the building, but were driven out by high heat and unsafe conditions.

It took about 20 to 30 minutes to get the fire under control. The cause is still under investigation.

Assistant Chief Jim Murua said the building used to be used as a church, but it’s been vacant for a long time. No one was inside at the time of the fire.

On Friday, Deputy Chief Adam O’Conner said the fire was still under investigation. He said there was construction going on in the building at the time the fire started.

 

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