Friday, December 3, 2010

Fire Destroys Historic Chapel In Gettysburg PA

An early-morning fire involved four buildings in Gettysburg, Adams County, on Friday.
IMAGES: See Fire Scene In Downtown Gettysburg
The fire broke out along the 100 block of Chambersburg Street
The blaze started at about 3:30 a.m. and involved a private residence, a coffee shop, an Adams County Rescue Mission shelter and a Civil War chapel on the southside of the street.The wooden chapel, which the U.S. Christian Commission owns, was destroyed. Fire officials said another blaze broke out in that building in 2004.No injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.Six families, who were living in the shelter, were displaced. The American Red Cross is assisting them.Additions to the chapel may have been built with illegal permits. Borough officials recently issued an order to vacate the property.

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