Photo Gallery: Historic Manhattan Church Fire

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire that erupted from a building next to Middle Collegiate Church on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 in New York. The historic 19th century church in lower Manhattan was gutted by a massive fire early Saturday that sent flames shooting through the roof. (Duke Todd via AP)

Fire in an abandoned spreads into Middle Collegiate Church

NEW YORK (AP) — A historic church in lower Manhattan that houses New York’s Liberty Bell and whose congregation dates to the city’s earliest days was gutted by a massive fire early Saturday that sent flames shooting through the roof. READ MORE

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire that erupted from a building next to Middle Collegiate Church on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 in New York. The historic 19th century church in lower Manhattan was gutted by a massive fire early Saturday that sent flames shooting through the roof. (Duke Todd via AP)
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire that erupted from a building next to Middle Collegiate Church on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 in New York. The historic 19th century church in lower Manhattan was gutted by a massive fire early Saturday that sent flames shooting through the roof. (Duke Todd via AP)
Firefighters work to extinguish the fire erupted from a building next to the Middle Collegiate Church on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 in New York. The historic 19th century church in lower Manhattan was gutted by a massive fire early after a fire spread from a five-story vacant building behind the church at about 5 a.m. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
Firefighters work to extinguish the fire erupted from a building next to the Middle Collegiate Church on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 in New York. The historic 19th century church in lower Manhattan was gutted by a massive fire early after a fire spread from a five-story vacant building behind the church at about 5 a.m. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
Firefighter work to extinguish the fire at Middle Collegiate Church on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 in New York. The historic Manhattan church that houses New York’s Liberty Bell has been gutted by a massive fire. The Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village burned before dawn Saturday as fire spread from an adjacent building. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
Firefighters work to extinguish the fire that erupted from a building next to the Middle Collegiate Church on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 in New York. The historic 19th century church in lower Manhattan was gutted by a massive fire early after a fire spread from a five-story vacant building behind the church at about 5 a.m. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
Debris covers the sidewalk after a fire that erupted from a building next to the Middle Collegiate Church on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 in New York. The historic 19th century church in lower Manhattan was gutted by a massive fire early after a fire spread from a five-story vacant building behind the church at about 5 a.m. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
The glass doors shuttered at Middle Collegiate Church after it caught on fire on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 in New York. The historic 19th century church in lower Manhattan was gutted by a massive fire early after a fire spread from a five-story vacant building behind the church at about 5 a.m. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
Smoke comes out from the building next to Middle Collegiate Church on December 5th, 2020 in East Village in Manhattan, New York. The historic Middle Collegiate Church, a 19th century church in lower Manhattan, was gutted by a massive fire that gutted the sanctuary. The East Village church burned before dawn after a fire spread from a five-story vacant building behind the church at about 5 a.m. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
Smoke comes out from the building next to Middle Collegiate Church on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 in New York. The historic Manhattan church that houses New York’s Liberty Bell has been gutted by a massive fire. The Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village burned before dawn Saturday as fire spread from an adjacent building. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

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