Fire Decimates New York’s ‘Liberty Bell’ Church in Manhattan

An iconic East Village church in New York City was gutted in an early morning fire on Saturday according to a report by ABC news.

Fire Decimates New York’s ‘Liberty Bell’ Church in Manhattan

An iconic East Village church in New York City was gutted in an early morning fire on Saturday according to a report by ABC news.

Reports indicate that the fire had spread around 5 a.m. from an adjacent building. ABC reported that “flames shot from the roof and the church’s stately front window glowed from the conflagration inside.

The historic Lower Manhattan Middle Collegiate Church, built in 1892, houses New York’s Liberty Bell. According to the church, the bell has been rung for the inaugurations and deaths of American presidents, and even in 1776 for the birth of the nation.

We are devastated. We are gutted like our building is gutted; our hearts are crushed like our doors are crushed,” Reverend Jacqueline J. Lewis stated. “But we know how to be the church, and we know that God is God, yesterday, today and tomorrow.

The church has New York’s oldest congregation of the Collegiate Churches dating back to when the Dutch established a settlement in the 1620s.

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