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Predawn fire guts old church housing New York's Liberty Bell

Historic Church Fire
Posted at 11:19 AM, Dec 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-05 11:19:19-05

NEW YORK -- A historic Manhattan church that houses New York's Liberty Bell has been gutted by a massive fire.

The Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village burned before dawn Saturday after a fire spread from an adjacent vacant building.

Flames shot from the roof and the stately front window glowed from the conflagration inside.

Historic Church Fire
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire erupted from the building next to Middle Collegiate Church on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 in New York. The historic 19th century church in lower Manhattan was gutted by a massive fire early Saturday that sent flames shooting through the roof. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

No injuries were reported.

The church was built in 1892. It is home to a congregation that dates to the 1620s.

The bell in the church tower pealed to mark the birth of the nation in 1776.

It is unclear whether the bell survived the fire.