Fire causes extensive damage to the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on the south side


CHICAGO — Firefighters battled a large blaze at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Englewood.

At around 2:15 p.m., authorities were responding to a fire at the church in the 6300 block of South Stewart.

It was upgraded to a 3-11 fire alarm and CFD went into a defensive position. At 16:05 it was canceled and crews were still working on hotspots.

On their Facebook site, services appeared to end around 1 p.m. for Good Friday. The parish was founded in 1925 and moved in its current location in 1958.

“Church fires are very difficult to fight,” Assistant Superintendent Donald Walker said at the scene. “When a large amount of fire reaches the roof, they are difficult to fight.”

Rev Dr Gerald Dew is upset after hearing the news but says his community will persevere.

“It is a great tragedy, it is Good Friday and that was a tragic event outside the walls of Jerusalem then and that is a tragic event for us now,” said Rev. Dr. Gerald Dew. “But just as they had a new life this Sunday, we believe there will be a fresh start for the Antioch Church in the near future.”

No injuries were reported at this time. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

For Easter, Rev. Dew said he hopes to find a place for parishioners to celebrate the holiday. Fire causes extensive damage to the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on the south side

John Verrall

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