Historic Church Damaged by Fire in Hebron

Jul 23, 2014

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Hebron
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HEBRON, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a 241-year-old church on the National Register of Historic Places has been ravaged by fire in Maryland.

Oliver J. Alkire, senior deputy state fire marshal, said in a news release that the fire was reported at St. Paul's Episcopal Church just before midday Tuesday. Officials say nearly 100 firefighters from Maryland and Delaware fought the flames.

No injuries were reported.

The Rev. Ronald Knapp, St. Paul's pastor, tells The Daily Times of Salisbury that the wood-frame building that burned had been in place since 1773.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said the church is on the National Register of Historic Places.  A church website says it has been used as a place of worship since before American independence.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.