Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Monday | December 24, 2012
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Blaze razes hope

A 19th-century Brooklyn church that was a hub for Superstorm Sandy volunteer efforts has been damaged in a fire days before Christmas.

More than 100 firefighters were dispatched to the blaze around 4 a.m. Sunday at the Church of St Luke and St Matthew. No one was injured.

The Reverend Christopher Ballard told WCBS-TV that gas cans that were found at the church entrances, so the fire appears intentional. The fire department says there's been no official determination about what caused the blaze.

Ballard says the Episcopal church canceled Sunday services. He says it's determining what to do about Christmas Eve and Christmas services.

The church's website says it has worked with Occupy Sandy on relief efforts and served as a centre for meal preparation and supply distribution throughout November.

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