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No Accidents Reported After Steeple of Historic Connecticut Church Collapses



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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — An historic Connecticut church’s hovering steeple and roof collapsed on Thursday, leaving a gaping gap within the prime of the constructing and the entrance diminished to a heap of rubble.

No deaths or accidents have been reported within the collapse on the First Congregational Church in downtown New London, which occurred round 1:30 p.m., although a search was ongoing afterward, authorities stated.


The hearth division discovered one girl on the constructing when it initially responded, however she was escorted out and is protected, Mayor Michael Passero stated at a information briefing. No one else is believed to have been inside, he stated.

Assuming town confirms no lives have been misplaced, the circumstances of the collapse have been “extraordinarily lucky,” Passero stated. There was no service going down on the time and the constructing fell in on itself, reasonably than onto the road or close by properties, which embrace Metropolis Corridor and dormitories for Connecticut Faculty college students.


“It may have been a a lot greater catastrophe for us. Nevertheless we did lose a cherished historic construction,” he stated.

The reason for the collapse was not instantly recognized. Passero stated there was no prior indication that there was something fallacious with the constructing, and town was not conscious of any work being finished on the property. It wasn’t instantly clear if it had been lately inspected, he stated.


Two smaller steeples that remained on the constructing must be taken down instantly, Passero stated. It remained to be seen whether or not the remainder of the constructing would must be demolished, he stated, nevertheless it was anticipated to be a “complete loss.”

The stone constructing dates to round 1850, in line with state constructing data, although the congregation dates again to the mid-1600s, its web site says.


The Participating Heaven Church, which additionally worships within the house, stated on Fb that it wasn’t conscious of anybody inside on the time of the collapse.

Cellphone calls left for the congregation and Participating Heaven weren’t instantly returned.


Photograph: Emergency crews reply to the previous First Congregational church after the steeple of the previous, historic church collapsed, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, in New London, Conn. (Dana Jensen/The Day by way of AP)

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