Blaze rips Dorchester church

posted by Michael Zoldessy on February 25, 2009 at 10:54 am

DORCHESTER, MA — The former Franklin Park Theatre witnessed a devastating fire over the weekend.

A five-alarm fire ripped through the sanctuary of a Dorchester church early yesterday morning, charring the altar and displacing worshippers for months to come.

New Fellowship Baptist Church on Blue Hill Avenue was left in shambles after the fire, which destroyed a piano and baptismal pool, melted balcony-level seats and caused the ceilings above the altar and conference room to cave.

Read the full story in the Boston Herald.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 25, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I saw news photos and TV tape made after the fire and the interior, although a real mess, was not destroyed and could be rebuilt. When the church took over this theater they really did not alter it very much inside. The exterior of the building was not damaged. It had almost 1400 seats when it was a movie and stage theater.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 26, 2009 at 9:53 am

The most upsetting thing about this is that someone did it on purpose.

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