Firefighter taken to hospital, roof collapses after large fire at Pittsburgh church

Firefighter taken to hospital, roof collapses after large fire at Pittsburgh church


ONLINE, MIKE HOLDEN, TRAM MAI. CHANNEL 11 NEWS PITTSBURGH CHURCH DESTROYED , YOU CAN SEE THE FLAMES A SHOOTING IN THERE. THIS IS WHAT IS LEFT OF SHERADEN UNITED METHODISTS CHURCH. ALL NEW AT 6 PM WE ARE BRINGING YOU COVERAGE TO FIND OUT WHAT THIS CHURCH MEANS TO SO MANY PEOPLE. BUT FIRST LET’S HEADED TO MICHELLE NEWELL , THREE HOURS LATER THAT SMOKE IS JUST STARTING TO CLEAR? IT’S PROBABLY EVEN HARD TO BREATHE? Reporter: WHEN I FIRST ARRIVED AT THE SCENE A COUPLE OF HOURS AGO THE WHOLE AREA WAS COVERED WITH SMOKE AND IT WAS HARD TO BREATHE. YOU CAN SEE THERE’S A LOT OF PROGRESS IS BEING MADE. A LITTLE BIT OF SMOKE COMING FROM THE ROOF THAT COLLAPSED. WE KNOW THAT A FIREFIGHTER HAS A MINOR INJURIES AND WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. NO ONE ELSE WAS HURT, AND THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNCLEAR. I SPOKE TO THE PASTOR WHO SAID THE WORK WAS BEING DONE ON THE ROOF. THERE WAS A ROOF PROJECT UNDERWAY BUT FIREFIGHTERS THAT IT’S A VERY ACTIVE INVESTIGATION. THEIR PRIMARY FOCUS WAS TO GET THE FIRE OUT. THE FIRE STATION IS NEXT DOOR TO THE CHURCH. THE UNITS WERE OUT ON A CALL. SO WHEN CREWS SHOWED UP THEY GOT HERE WITHIN TWO MINUTES THE FLAMES WERE 30 FEET HIGH AT ONE POINT FIREFIGHTERS WERE TRYING TO KNOCK THAT FIRE DOWN AND HAD TO PULL BACK AT ONE POINT AND ALLOW THAT WATER TO POUR OVER THE ROOF. THEY SAID THE CATHEDRAL CEILING WAS HARD TO GET TOO. WHILE THIS WAS HAPPENING A GROUP OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS STOOD ACROSS THE STREET AND WATCHED IT UNFOLD. WE CAME OVER TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON AND TAKE VIDEOS. WE SPOKE TO A WOMAN WHO JUST CAME TO THE CHURCH TO CHECK ON THE ROOF PROJECT. SHE SAW THE FIRE AND RAN INSIDE. WILL HAVE THE REST OF HER STORY TONIGHT AT 11 PM. REPORTING LIVE MICHELLE NEWELL , CHANNEL 11 NEWS. WE WANT TO GIVE YOU A BETTER SENSE OF WHERE THIS CHURCH IS. SHARED IN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IS JUST SOUTH OF SHERADEN PARK. AND ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE FIRE STATION. LET’S GO LIVE TO JOE ARENA TO CONTINUE WITH THE LIVE TEAM COVERAGE. Reporter: THIS IS MUCH MORE THAN JUST A CHURCH. I’M GOING STEP OVER HERE AND WERE GOING POINT THE CAMERA AND DIRECTION OF THAT FIRE. THIS A CHURCH THAT IS OVER 100 YEARS OLD AND WAS BUILT IN 1908 IS THE BARELY STANDING WITHOUT A ROOF. THE ROOF EVENTUALLY GAVE IN, MEMBERS THAT WE SPOKE WITH SAID THAT THIS BUILDING WAS MUCH MORE THAN JUST A CHURCH FOR THIS COMMUNITY. WE HAVE COMMUNITY DINNER IN KIDS CLUB. WE HAVE ANOTHER CHURCH THAT COMES THEN. WE HAVE QANTAS WE OPEN OUR DOORS TO THE COMMUNITY. AND WERE THE LAST NONDENOMINATIONAL CHURCH IN SHERADEN. Reporter: WE’RE BACK OUT LIFE , AND WHAT YOU CAN SEE THE ROOF IS NO LONGER THERE. I WANT TO SHOW YOU THAT BEAUTIFUL STAINED GLASS WINDOW THAT WAS A BLOWN OUT AS MICHELLE REPORTED ONE FIREFIGHTER WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL , AND FIRE CHIEF JONES IS SAID THAT THIS FIRE CONTINUES TO BE UNDER INVESTIGATION. AS WE SAID IT DEVASTATING LOSS. THE BUILDING BEHIND ME WAS MORE

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