4-alarm fire at Overbrook church placed under control

- Emergency crews are on the scene of a four-alarm fire at a church in the city's Overbrook neighborhood, which is finally under control after about two hours.

The fire broke out at about 9am at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, which is on the 6400 block of Lansdowne Avenue. About five different congregations use the century-old church.

SKYFOX was over the scene as crews battled the flames, which went up to four alarms.

You can see flames shooting from the church's front door and side windows, and heavy black smoke pouring from the roof.

A FOX 29 News crew on the ground called it "dark as night with all the smoke."

Fire department officials said the blaze started in the basement, and crews tried to battle it there but had to retreat and focus on protecting houses behind the church.
 
They did find one person on the second floor who didn't know about the fire, and got that person to safety.
 
Also, a fire department spokesperson said there has been a partial exterior collapse.
 
The flames were declared under control just after 11am.
 
No injuries to civilians or firefighters have been reported. It appears the fire started in the basement, but there's no word yet on what started it.
 
 
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