Philadelphia firefighters are battling a second alarm Philadelphia Tacony church fire that has sent heavy black smoke to the sky and is visible from Interstate 95.
Fire officials were called to a fire at the now-closed Saint Leo Roman Catholic Church, on the 6600 block of Keystone Street at about 5 p.m. Sunday (May 9). Flames were spreading from the vacant church when firefighters arrived at the scene.
The Philadelphia Tacony church fire started at approximately 5:30 p.m. at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church near Unruh Ave and Keystone Street and soon has reached two alarms.
The fire stretched high enough for motorists on Interstate 95 to catch a glimpse of the flames and billowing black smoke; a video shared on Twitter shows flames can be seen from Interstate 95.
Unfortunately, flames shooting through the roof of the 120-year-old building.
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While officials declared the fire was a second alarm at 5:30 p.m. Crews remain on the scene. The staging area is New State Road and Unruh Street.
Officials say there are no injuries at this time.
St. Leo has been a community landmark in Tacony for more than 120 years. It became a worship site in 2013 after merging with Our Lady of Consolation Parish and it permanently closed in January 2019, according to a report by the Northeast Times.
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