Fire Engulfs 115-Year-Old Philadelphia Church

Members of Greater Bible Way Temple watch outside as the church burns Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Philadelphia. There was no immediate word on a possible cause for the blaze. (Margo Reed/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Firefighters are battling a major fire at a church in the Parkside section of Philadelphia.

The blaze erupted at the Greater Bible Way Temple at 52nd and Warren streets just before 3 p.m. Tuesday. Fire officials say the three-alarm fire is under control but fear the 115-year-old structure may collapse.

The view from Chopper 6 showed flames and smoke billowing from the top of the structure.

“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 tells Action News.

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel says at least one person was transported to an area hospital for unknown injuries.

Action News has learned that there were workers on the roof at the time of the fire.

There have been reports that a day care inside the church was evacuated, but Thiel could not immediately confirm.

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Source: ABC6