Streetview: Firefighters battle bitter cold, flames at history Lebanon church fire

WCPOPublished: December 13, 2017
Published: December 13, 2017

Firefighters had to battle bitter cold, an icy parking lot and flames as the 156-year-old Bethel A.M.E. Church at 111 N. Cherry St. caught fire overnight. The two-alarm fire sparked off at about 4 a.m. Wednesday. With temperatures hovering around 17 degrees, water froze almost instantly on the church parking lot, making a tricky job even more treacherous. Salt trucks were called in to treat the pavement. There have been no reports of injuries, and firefighters have not yet determined a cause for the fire. This historic church was established in 1858 when just six members gathered to worship, and the building itself was dedicated in 1861.

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