Historic Church Collapses in North St. Louis

5 years 3 months 4 days ago Monday, April 14 2014 Apr 14, 2014 Monday, April 14, 2014 8:29:55 AM CDT April 14, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis church with a long history is in ruins after a sudden collapse, and the school next door is closed for safety reasons.

KSDK-TV reports that Bethlehem Lutheran Church stood for nearly 120 years in north St. Louis before a wall collapsed on Friday.

As a result of the collapse, the Better Learning Communities Academy charter school was closed Monday. It wasn't clear when the school would reopen. The yard between the church and school, where children play, remains littered with crumbled brick and shards of stained glass.

The demise of the church began 25 years ago. In 1989, the church was struck by lightning three times, each causing fires. The congregation decided to move in 1995, and the building had been vacant ever since.

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