Overnight Four-Alarm Fire Destroys Historic Shiloh Baptist Church in New Jersey


A four-alarm fire destroyed a church in Elizabeth, New Jersey overnight, officials said. 

Fire officials received a call reporting the blaze at Shiloh Baptist Church in Elizabeth around 3:15 a.m. Sunday.

At one point, the church was fully engulfed in flames, video from the scene shows. A building next door was evacuated as a precaution, officials said.


Church Pastor William Ingram was visibly shaken as he spoke to reporters at the scene of the blaze.

“I don’t have any idea [what happened]. It was fine yesterday evening, so, I don’t know what happened,” he said. “This was a shock, when I got the call this morning.”

“We were anticipating waking up this morning coming to church to worship… and you wake up to this. [But] that’s the nature of life, and you know, that’s why we have faith,” he added.

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