Collapse of a historic church in New London, Connecticut. What we know.

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A massive collapse occurred at the First Congregational Church in New London, Connecticut on January 25, 2024.

A church built in 1850 collapsed in downtown New London, Connecticut, on Thursday.

The New London Police Department warned people to stay away from the downtown area due to the collapsed building. Officials shared photos of what remained First Congregational Church On their Facebook page. While some parts of the church still remain, photos show a large portion of the roof completely collapsed and a huge amount of rubble pouring out of the building.

Police did not announce whether there were injuries, but said emergency services were at the scene.

USA TODAY has reached out to the New London Police Department for more information.

Government emergency services are in use

Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont said state emergency services personnel and equipment were deployed as part of response efforts.

“Our hearts go out to those for whom the bell no longer rings. All our prayers are for no casualties,” Lamont wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

He urged people to listen to law enforcement and other first responders as they work to “keep the community safe.”

New London police said City Hall and the local post office were closed for the rest of the day.

The church’s pastor says there was no one inside

The building was shared by the Church of Engaging Heaven and the First Congregational Churches.

Pastor Bob Nichols of Engaging Heaven said on Facebook that no one was injured in the collapse.

“We are grateful that no one was hurt. The building is destroyed. The church is thriving and strong. We trust in an unshakable God!” Nichols wrote.

This story is evolving. Please follow for updates.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: A church built in 1850 in New London, Connecticut, collapsed

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