Historic NYC church destroyed by raging fire that started in vacant building

NEW YORK — Devastated parishioners gathered outside a historic 19th century East Village church gutted early Saturday by a raging six-alarm fire that left only its massive stone facade intact. Bright red and orange flames shot through the shattered Tiffany stained glass windows of the Middle Collegiate Church on Second Avenue, where nearly 200 firefighters battled in vain to spare the 128-year-old structure after a 4:45 a.m. inferno spread quickly from an abandoned building next door, authorities said. “It’s an absolute disaster,” said Tom Smucker, 74, a 35-year parishioner who arrived around …

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