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Historic City Church Burns Down

By Staff


rochester-churchA fire that broke out at about 1 a.m., June 25, in the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood, destroyed a historic church at 660-668 W. Main St., firefighters stated. Eleven fire departments, and more than 60 firefighters, fought the flames before getting the fire under control by about 5 a.m, according to officials.

One firefighter was taken to Strong Hospital for heat exhaustion.

Unable to save the former Westminster Presbyterian Church, officials said the building will be torn down; however, the firemen were able to save the historic home next to the church.

Built in 1870, the church had recently become eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. However, last year, the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals had given its approval for developer Marvin Maye to demolish the building, and build a grocery store in its place.