Blaze Collapses Ohio Church Roof

July 19, 2012

Fire officials say a large blaze collapsed parts of the roof of a church in far northwest Ohio, injuring one firefighter.

WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Ind., reports the fire happened Tuesday night at Emanuel Methodist Church in Edgerton, along the Indiana state line.

Edgerton Fire Chief Scott Blue tells the station that firefighters first found heavy smoke coming from the steeple and high parts of the church. He says it’s possible a lightning strike is to blame, but the cause is under investigation.

He says one firefighter was struck in the head by a piece of the roof when parts of it collapsed. He says the firefighter was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Blue says dozens of firefighters from 15 departments helped deal with the blaze.

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