Firefighters from multiple southern York County departments were among those fighting a blaze at a historic church just over the Maryland Line in Lineboro, Carroll County, Tuesday morning.
The fire at Lazarus United Church of Christ was discovered shortly after 4 a.m., according to Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department's website. At least six York County departments were called to help, and several were still on the scene at 9 a.m. Tuesday, said Glen Rock Hose & Ladder Fire Co. Deputy Chief Ronald McCullough.
McCullough said his company sent two pieces of apparatus and about a dozen firefighters. York was also represented by firefighters from Jefferson borough, North Codorus and Penn townships, Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Co., which covers the West Manheim Township area, and Porters Community Fire Co. from Heidelberg Township.
McCullough said the large old church was "pretty much gutted" by 8:30 a.m., with "heartbroken" members of the congregation gathering around their church to watch as it fell apart.
Maryland fire investigators were arriving around 8 a.m., and they're expected to begin their investigation by piecing together the most recent activities held in the church to determine if those activities could have led to the fire, McCullough said.