St. Louis, Missouri 2021-10-26 06:34:00 –
Central West End, Missouri (KMOV.com)-More than 60 firefighters fought a two-warning night fire on Tuesday in a five-story church in Central West End.
The fire crew surrounded a church near Kings Highway and Washington Avenue around 2:30 am when the flames broke from the spire of an empty building. On the lawn in the front yard, there is a sign that says “The Gospel Music Hall of Fame is coming soon.” Formerly known as the Second Baptist Church, according to a press release, the building celebrates and introduces black culture to all forms of gospel music that influence musical legends such as Aretha Franklin and Beyonce. It was intended to be refurbished.
The extent of the damage is unknown, but St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said his crew was determined to stop the flames.
“We operated four aerial ladders within about 10 minutes, and they knocked down this fire and left it trapped in staples, which just used a lot of human resources and heavy water. I just did, “said Jenkerson. “This is an impressive use of force to prevent this.”
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