East Berlin

Fire Breaks Out at Church in East Berlin

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Fire damaged the United Methodist Church on Main Street in East Berlin early Friday morning and investigators are working to determine what caused the blaze.

A neighbor across the street saw flames just before 4 a.m. and called the fire department, fire officials said.

The fire damaged the roof and the upper levels.

"There's quite a bit of water damage and also quite a bit of fire damage up in the upper levels," Berlin fire marshal Steven Waznia said.

No one was in the church when the fire started and no firefighters were hurt while putting out the fire.

Deb Brennan, of Cromwell, is a member of the church and said she is thankful for what was saved from the fire.

"They saved the baptismal font and our little birthday church," she said.

Banners and the large Bible from the pulpit were also saved, she said.

"We also have a Tiffany window and it still seems to be intact, which is also great. We are resilient," Brennan said.

The power was out for several hours but has come back.

The road is closed and it's expected to be closed for a while.

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