Fire Damages New Light Temple Baptist Church in Pittsburgh

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A Hill District church was significantly damaged and a firefighter injured after it caught fire overnight.

It started at around 1 a.m. at the New Light Temple Baptist Church on Centre Avenue.

Firefighters were forced to battle the extreme cold and the flames.

One firefighter was injured while responding, when he slipped on the ice.

“Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, the lord giveth, the lord taketh away,” said Rev. Phillip Battle.

That’s all Battle could say when he saw what was left of his office. The flames caused the roof to collapse over his office, leaving huge piles of debris on the floor.

“The sofa is gone,” he said. “My desk is gone, over here, you could see my little library is gone, my computer, my laptop is gone.”

A huge blue tarp covered the hole that was left in the roof. Workers are trying to salvage what is left, but the church is in no condition for Sunday services.

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Source: CBS Pittsburgh | Bob Allen

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