SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Three buildings were damaged by fire on Sunday night in Savannah.
Savannah Fire and Rescue responded at about 11:30 p.m. to a fire on the 300 block of West 37th Street. The flames spread to two nearby buildings: a residential building and the First Metropolitan Baptist Church.
All three sustained heavy fire damage, according to Savannah Fire.
All the structures were reportedly vacant at the time of the fire. At this time, no injuries have been reported.
"The church’s roof has burnt and collapsed into itself, so it’s going to take some time for the fire to get extinguished,” Savannah Fire and Rescue Chief Derik Minard said.
“It is so heartbreaking because that church has always, in my lifetime, been a part of the community. We don’t know what will replace those buildings. Something will eventually, but we don’t know whether they will fit in with the other structures in the community, or if they’ll be something different," said Carolyn Guliford, who lives near the church.
The City of Savannah said that portions of West 37th Street and Jefferson Street will be temporarily closed for emergency building demolition. The closures are expected to last through Friday, July 26.
Savannah Code Enforcement has put condemned signs on the the properties that were affected.
We’re waiting to hear back on a suspected cause of the fire, as well as when the demolition will begin and how long the roads around the buildings will be closed.