Maryland church built in 1773 ravaged by fire

Firefighters from 4 counties and two states battle the fire at St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Hebron, Md., Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The church built in 1773 was on the National Register of Historic Places.
Firefighters from 4 counties and two states battle the fire at St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Hebron, Md., Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The church built in 1773 was on the National Register of Historic Places. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Todd Dudek)

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.

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