8 Boston firefighters injured battling 5-alarm church fire

About 80 to 90 firefighters worked to squelch the flames after parts of the roof caved in as flames shot through it


The Associated Press

BOSTON — A fire-alarm fire destroyed a church in Boston, injuring eight firefighters and doing about $1 million in damage.

Deputy Fire Chief Robert Calobrisi said the blaze at St. John the Baptist Albanian Orthodox Church in South Boston was reported at about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday.

About 80 to 90 firefighters worked to squelch the flames, which burned for about three hours before the fire was under control.

Parts of the roof caved in as flames shot through it.

Calobrisi said the fire may have started in the altar, but the cause remains under investigation.

He said two firefighters needed stitches and six others had less serious injuries.

Choir director Cynthia Vasil Brown got emotional while watching the fire, saying she hoped some of what was inside the church could be salvaged.

WHDH-TV 7News Boston

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