Sunday 6 December 2020

Fire burns historic 19th century church in New York City

Global News shows a fire in New York City that heavily damaged the 19th century Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan's East Village neighbourhood on Saturday morning.

A six-alarm blaze had started in a vacant building and extended to the church.

New York City Fire Department (FDNY) assistant chief John Hodgens said the fire is under investigation.

FDNY reported four minor injuries among firefighters.

"The Church is not a building, but buildings matter. This is home," a representative of the Middle Church said on Twitter while thanking for support and encouraging those willing to help.

There are 6000 total churches in a listing of churches in New York City, New York. There are approximately 2000 churches and 4000 informal places of worship, such as community halls and homes, in New York City. Thus a total of about 6000 churches exists.

New York City (NYC) is often called simply New York. This is the most populous city in the United States of America. With an estimated 2019 population of 8,336,817 distributed over about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the USA.

The city is located at the southern tip of the USA state of New York. The city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass. With almost 20 million people in its metropolitan statistical area and approximately 23 million in its combined statistical area, it is one of the world's most populous megacities.

Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City is composed of five boroughs, each of which is a county of the State of New York. The five boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island) were consolidated into a single city in 1898.

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