Fire wrecks 100+ year church in N. Indiana

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ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — A weekend fire destroyed much of a rural northern Indiana church that dated back nearly 140 years.

The fire burned through the roof of the sanctuary at the Bethlehem Baptist Church a few miles from the Fulton County city of Rochester.

WSBT-TV reports no one was hurt in the fire that had engulfed the building by the time firefighters arrived. A cause for the fire wasn’t immediately determined.

The church has about 30 members. Church member Stevie Sanders says he’s disappointed that he won’t be able to pass along the memories he has from the church if he ever has children of his own. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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