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Huge fire ruins NJ Church, No injuries reported

A massive eight-alarm fire destroyed a church in South Jersey Monday evening. The flames broke out around 6 p.m. at the Fountain of Life Center located on the 2000 block of Columbus Road in Florence Township. Officials tell Action News that kids were playing basketball in the rear of the church when they reported seeing smoke. It didn’t take long before the building was completely engulfed in flames. The Associated Press has the story:

Huge fire ruins NJ Church, No injuries reported


Fire destroyed a large New Jersey church, collapsing its roof as more than 150 firefighters fought to control the blaze.

Video showed the Fountain of Life Center in Florence Township engulfed in flames Monday night.

No injuries were reported in the fire, which started at about 6 p.m. Monday. The cause wasn’t immediately known.

Chopper 6 was overhead on March 20, 2023, as flames destroyed a church in New Jersey.

“It’s a devastating loss,” Russell Hodgins, a senior pastor, told Philadelphia’s KYW-TV. He said his grandparents helped build it.

“The church is not brick and mortar, the church is really the body of believers,” Hodgins told the station. “God will help us through this, and I believe the church will be stronger than ever.”

The center describes itself on its website as a multipurpose, 120,000-square-foot facility with a preschool, basketball courts, and a fitness center. The school and recreation building survived the fire, according to news reports.

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