SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Crews in Savannah knocked down a church Friday just five days after a devastating fire. City officials say it had to come down because it was a threat to people who live and walk nearby.
A single bulldozer ended an era of worship at First Metropolitan Baptist Church. The fire broke windows, caused the roof to collapse and ruined everything inside.
People who worshiped at the Savannah church hoped they could fix the building. But officials on-site say it was unstable and could have collapsed at any second. That is why Savannah Code Compliance says it had to do what they call an “emergency demolition.”
Workers first closed down parts of 37th and Jefferson Streets. A bulldozer got rid of a sidewall. Once inside, crews slowly worked on the other wall. The bulldozer tore it down with what is left of the stained glass windows.
Later, the tower came down. It teetered, fell and crashed to the ground.
Savannah Fire Rescue says the fire started at a home next door. Savannah Code Compliance knocked it down on Tuesday. Firefighters were able to save another home next door. It is badly burned but city officials say, it is fixable.
People who worshiped at First Metropolitan Baptist Church tell News 3 they plan to rebuild.
Jefferson Street may be closed until the end of the weekend.