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Posted December 8, 2013 EST

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Fire Badly Damages Pomfret Church
United States (Connecticut) - A fast-moving fire virtually destroyed the First Congregational Church of Pomfret on Saturday, burning away sections of the roof just weeks before Christmas. No one was injured, fire officials said. Firefighters declined to describe the building as a total loss, but the damage was severe enough that church members say the regular service will be held across the street at The Pomfret School at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Firefighters walked out of the church with a cross and an American flag that had been salvaged as parishioners gathered outside the building.

The cause of the blaze, which started around 12:30 p.m., had not been determined by Saturday evening. The Saturday men's fellowship breakfast had been held at the normal time at 8 a.m., and the fire was discovered just a few hours later.

While the church was founded in 1715, portions of the structure do not date back to that time, officials said.

The pastor, Rev. Thomas Crumb, said at the scene that it was too soon to know the future of the church.

Written by Hartford Courant

Courtesy of NewsEdge
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