Fire on East 7th Street that started in vacant building and spread to Middle Collegiate Church (Gothamist).
NYC 5 Alarm Fire Manhattan Middle Collegiate Church freelance news video from LOUDLABS NEWS NYC Saturday morning; videographer arrival on scene begins about 4:55:10 (fast-forward to point).
Firefighters and police from New York City responded about 4:54 a.m. Saturday, December 5, 2020 to a “multiple dwelling” apartment fire at 47 East 7th Street in New York City. The initial fire was a 2-ALARM fire. The fire spread to a restaurant and then the Middle Collegiate Church at 112 2nd Avenue near the corner of 7th Street and 2nd Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The FDNY response was subsequently upgraded to a 3-ALARM and a 4-ALARM. Meanwhile the original “Multiple Dwelling” fire building became fully-involved with fire.
— Duke Todd (@DukeToddIsAlive) December 5, 2020
According the official congregation history, the Middle Collegiate Church is a Reformed Church in America and was built in 1891 on a site directly north of the Isaac T. Hopper House, and was designed by the architect S. B. Reed, “thoroughly equipped with reading-rooms, gymnasium, and all appliances for aggressive modern church work.” The congregation was founded in 1628, and is one of the oldest continuous Protestant congregations in North America.
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5-Alarm East Village Fire, December 5, 2020 (Gothamist).
Woken by smoke and embers – Middle Collegiate Church burns in East Village – devastating. Was fire next door last Feb that gutted building on E7th St. pic.twitter.com/H4XUgnsC4R
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