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4-alarm fire burns at church near IND, steeple collapses

Posted at 12:29 PM, Mar 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 13:20:21-04

BALTIMORE — Firefighters are battling a four-alarm fire at Urban Bible Fellowship Church.

The Church is located on Aisquith and Eager streets next to the The Institute of Notre Dame.

The fire caused a portion of the steeple to collapse this morning.

No injuries have been reported.

There is no word yet on how the fire started.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore says the building was previously St. James the Less Roman Catholic Church, which was closed in 1986. It is now an evangelical church.

The Institute of Notre Dame released this statement, saying in part:

The steeple of the church, which has become an unofficial iconic symbol for IND did partially collapse and IND did sustain some minimal damage. The extent of that damage is still being determined. Right now, firefighters remain on scene trying to get the fire under control from the inside of the church. Our thoughts and prayers go out of the community as well as the first responders who are working tirelessly to contain the fire and keep IND’s historic building safe. IND Head of School Christine Szala is on the scene and is being kept informed of the situation and what is happening with our building. Archbishop Lori has reached out with his support as well. As soon as we have more information, we will let you know.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.