Fire crews are tackling a massive blaze at a 60-year-old West Philadelphia church where billowing black smoke from the inferno can be seen from more than a mile away
- A blaze erupted at the Greater Bible Way Temple just before 3pm on Tuesday
- Firefighters are battling a major fire at the church in Philadelphia’s Parkside area
- A children’s daycare center in the church was evacuated, according to reports
- No injuries have been reported and no one was trapped inside, authorities said
- The cause of the fire at the 60-year-old structure is not yet clear, officials said
Firefighters are battling a major fire at a 60-year-old church in the Parkside area of Philadelphia.
The blaze erupted at the Greater Bible Way Temple at 52nd and Warren streets at around 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday.
Footage recorded from a helicopter show flames and plumes of smoke billowing from the top of the structure.
Firefighters are battling a major fire at Greater Bible Way Temple in Philadelphia’s Parkside area (pictured)
No one was trapped or needed to be rescued during the fire and no injuries have been reported, according to investigators
‘I see the smoke and the next thing I know I ran over to get the people out of the lobby. They didn’t even know the church was on fire,’ one witness told ABC Action News.
‘Right now the fire is not under control,’ said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel.
The church is also home to a children’s day care center and there were reports that the center was evacuated.
A social media user posted a photo showing smoke billowing out of the top of the church
Footage recorded from a helicopter showed flames engulfing the top of the church’s roof
The church takes up a large triangular property enclosed by North 52nd Street, Lancaster Avenue and Bible Way, NBC reported.
No one was trapped or needed to be rescued during the fire and no injuries have been reported, according to investigators.
It is unclear at this point how the fire started.
The Red Cross of Eastern PA told the station it has a team on the scene.
‘Greater Bible Way Temple is 60-year-old ministry located in the heart of the West Philadelphia. We welcome you to experience worship and fellowship with us,’ the church’s website reads.
‘We are not a perfect church – just a forgiven church whose doors swing on the hinges of Love.’
Billowing smoke from the inferno at the religious complex can be seen from more than a mile away
Fire crews were called to the Greater Bible Way Temple at 52nd and Warren streets at around 2:50pm Tuesday
A social media user posted a picture showing the massive plumes of smoke clouding the sky