Fire destroys historic upstate New York church

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(AP) — A fire has destroyed a church that has been a cornerstone of an Adirondack community for more than a century.

Officials say the fire broke out around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday inside the Schroon Lake Community Church, located in the Essex County hamlet 80 miles (129 kilometers) north of Albany.

The fire spread quickly, sending flames shooting out of windows and engulfing the steeple of the structure, which dates back to the late 19th century. Smoke from the fire was visible from miles away.

Firefighters from Schroon Lake and nearby communities worked several hours to douse the flames.

No injuries were reported. The cause of fire remains unknown.

The church, located on the hamlet’s Main Street, housed the United Methodist Church and Church of Christ.

The church’s website sows it was undergoing renovations.

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