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N.J. firefighters injured in blaze at historic church

Firefighters from several departments responded to the three-alarm fire in Montclair


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By Brianna Kudisch

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries fighting a blaze at a historic church in Montclair, an official said in a social media post Tuesday.

The fire at Grace Presbyterian Church on the corner of Grove Street and Tuxedo Road in the Essex County township sent two firefighters to the hospital, Councilman Peter Yacobellis said in a Facebook post.

Neighboring townships helped Montclair’s firefighters fight the blaze, he said.

“Please send light and love to our firefighters and prayers that this spectacular structure — one of my favorite buildings in Montclair can be saved,” he said.

The fire was contained around 11 a.m., ABC7 reported.

Township police and fire officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller and church officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The three-alarm fire broke out in the church’s basement and spread to the first floor, News12 New Jersey reported. It caused extensive damage to the church, including a partial roof collapse, the outlet reported.

The church’s pastor was not inside the building when the fire started, News 12 reported. No one was believed to be inside the building.

Grace Presbyterian Church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), according to its website.

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