‘Everything was burning’: Fire destroys church in Youngstown

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Firefighters just let the building burn to the ground because there were no nearby buildings

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Dark smoke was pouring from a church in the Brier Hill area of Youngstown Wednesday evening.

The Calvary Freewill Holiness Church at the corner of Clyde and Jefferson streets caught fire just after 5 p.m.

Fire officials say it started in the basement of the church.

All the smoke posed a problem for firefighters getting to the scene.

“The smoke was pretty thick. We got into position, we opened up the door and the fire had already advanced way up into the building,” said Battalion Chief Silverio Caggiano. “Everything was burning.”

Firefighters just let the building burn to the ground because there were no nearby buildings.

There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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