Report: Faulty Wiring Caused Blaze that Destroyed Historic East Village Church

Posted on: December 14th, 2020 at 5:08 am by

The Fire Department on Friday concluded that the cause of the 6-alarm fire that tore through 48 East 7th Street and the adjacent church was “faulty wiring.” Officials went on to state that the massive blaze was deemed “non-suspicious.”

The flames engulfed the vacant tenement on December 5 at around 5:00am, and quickly spread next door, leaving the 128-year-old Middle Collegiate Church completely hollowed out. This was the second electrical fire at this address in less than a year.

More than one hundred firefighters battled the blaze for over seven hours, four of whom sustained minor injuries.

Middle Collegiate Church plans on rebuilding.

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