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Church goes up in flames Monday morning

Posted at 12:08 PM, Dec 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-26 23:43:54-05

Just one day after Christmas, a Jamestown church suffered a fire that collapsed its roof.

According to Jamestown Police, firefighters were dispatched shortly before 2 a.m. for a structure fire at the First Church of God on Falconer Street.

The Jamestown Post-Journal says firefighters saw smoke coming from the back of the brick building when they arrived, and a fire broke out and engulfed the entire church.

A call went out for off-duty firefighters to provide more manpower and utility crews were called to shut off power to the building, according to the publication.

The article on the fire in the Post-Journal says the roof collapsed within an hour and police shut down traffic around Falconer Street.

Firefighters spent the day Monday battling hotspots.

Demolition crews knocked down the remainder of the building Monday evening.

Pastor Mervin Lee says fire officials are investigating all causes, and not ruling out the possibility of arson.

No one was injured in the fire. The church says it plans to rebuild. Donations can be sent to 118 Stowe Street, Jamestown NY 14701.