Crews battle 2-alarm church fire against Pittsburgh Bay Area Pentecostals, officials say


PITTSBURG, Calif. (KGO) – Crews battled a two-alarm church fire in Pittsburgh on Friday morning.

The fire occurred at 310 Central Avenue in the Bay Area Pentecostals, officials said.

It started at 2:44 a.m.

Firefighters say as they prepared to go in and fight, a section of the roof collapsed, forcing them to retreat.

“The collapse, based on the geometry of the building, created an overpressurization event similar to a backdraft, which blew through the entrance doors of this building and created a dangerous condition inside,” the captain said. Contra Costa Fire Department, George Laing.

The chaotic situation forced them to adopt a defensive position. They stood outside, not far from church members who watched helplessly as the building they loved burned down.

“There’s an emotional connection to the building. We love it here. We remodeled the interior, put in a brand new roof, solar panels, new seats. All of a sudden it’s gone,” said Senior Pastor Elias Limones.

VIDEO: SKY7 at the scene of a fire at Pittsburgh Bay Area Pentecostals

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Firefighters say they are still investigating the cause of the blaze, but at this stage they don’t see anything suspicious.

No one was injured in the fire.

Another fire occurred near this location along Central Avenue at St. James’s Faith Cathedral in Pittsburgh last November.

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