A blaze tore through the First Baptist Church in Lebanon, New Hampshire, late Wednesday night.
The 3-alarm fire started in the rear of the church on School Street just before 11:30 p.m. and destroyed much of the building, according to fire officials.
One firefighter was taken to the hospital for a minor injury after slipping on ice.
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Two nearby homes were briefly evacuated due to concerns about the steeple potentially collapsing.
Nobody was inside the church when the fire broke out.
The church was built in the 1800s. The building was declared a total loss.
Lebanon firefighters were helped by fire departments from Hanover, Meriden, Plainfield, Canaan, Enfield,Grantham and Hartford, Vermont.
School Street remains closed as an engineer assesses the steeple's structural integrity.
The cause of the fire is unknown.