Fire damages city church

January 29, 1993|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

A two-alarm fire early today at St. Mark's Methodist Church in the 3400 block of Garrison Boulevard extensively damaged a kindergarten located on the second-floor and sent smoke through much of the 80-year-old stone building.

The fire was reported at 3:46 a.m. when a Northwestern District police officer spotted smoke coming from the roof the nearly block-long building.

Some 80 firefighters manning 20 pieces of equipment brought the fire under control before 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported.

Battalion Chief Michael Kernan said the fire apparently began in the walls or flooring of the kindergarten room and was quickly confined to that section of the building.

Heavy smoke, however, made its way throughout the length of the church at Garrison Boulevard and Liberty Heights Avenue. Fans were placed in doorways and windows to rid the building of the smoke.

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