Northeast Philly Church Partially Collapses - New York News

Northeast Philly Church Partially Collapses

Posted: Updated:
Northeast Philadelphia -

The rough weather early Friday took a heavy toll on an historic church on the Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philly.

One wall partially collapsed, and that section of the building may be too damaged to repair.

There's a lot of history at the Harold O. Davis Memorial Baptist Church -- nearly a century's worth. But with age comes problems.

Inspectors believe a leaky roof caused the heavy rain to seep between the inner and outer walls, severely weakening a portion of the facade.

People inside said the building shook.

"How do you describe a tremble if it ain't a earthquake?" Dorsey Mitchell, the vice principal of the school, described to FOX 29. "I think it was more on a scale of one to 10, I think maybe it was like a six, seven."

No one was inside the sanctuary at the time of the collapse. Services are held Sunday mornings.

But down in the basement, the church runs a daycare and school for young children.

The kids might have thought Santa and his reindeer had just landed on their roof. After all, they were in the middle of their annual Christmas party, which turned into a kind of sidewalk cafe.

"Brought pizza for the party, and we're out here, like tailgating, like a Christmas tailgate, Pollyanna tailgate party," Shaa Ellison, the mother of a child, told FOX 29.

Thankfully, no one was injured outside where the wall collapsed or inside during the evacuation.

"Everybody was safe, everybody got out," Ellison said. "They handled it real professionally. It wasn't a lot of chaos. And everybody was nice and calm."

Inspectors determined the side of the church that holds the sanctuary survived intact. But the other side the building is now off limits; it's too unsafe for anyone.

And that raises questions about the immediate future of the school.

"We're not sure yet," Bishop Kirby Newkirk said. "We don't know the severity of the damage. And so, until the engineer gives us a complete report, we don't even have an estimate as to what we need to do."

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Man Charged In Mayfair Double Murder

    Man Charged In Mayfair Double Murder

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:40 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:40:24 GMT
    Police say 25-year-old James Mears has been charged with two counts murder and two counts of robbery in connection with the double murder on Vista Street that happened Saturday.Police say 25-year-old James Mears has been charged with two counts murder and two counts of robbery in connection with the double murder on Vista Street that happened Saturday.
    Police say 25-year-old James Mears has been charged with two counts murder and two counts of robbery in connection with the double murder on Vista Street that happened Saturday. Police say robbery appears to be the motive. 
    Police say 25-year-old James Mears has been charged with two counts murder and two counts of robbery in connection with the double murder on Vista Street that happened Saturday. Police say robbery appears to be the motive. 
  • Police: Flags From Veterans' Graves Stolen And Burned

    Police: Flags From Veterans' Graves Stolen And Burned

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:31 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:31:17 GMT
    Bensalem police say flags and decorations where snatched from veterans' graves and then burned.
    Bensalem police say flags and decorations where snatched from veterans' graves and then burned.
  • Fat Camp Helps Dogs Shed Pounds And Stay Healthy

    Fat Camp Helps Dogs Shed Pounds And Stay Healthy

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:28 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:28:44 GMT
    Any dog owner knows the whine of a dog wanting a treating. However, too many treats and table scraps may have your dog packing on the pounds, and could even threaten their life.
    Any dog owner knows the whine of a dog wanting a treating. However, too many treats and table scraps may have your dog packing on the pounds, and could even threaten their life.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • NJ girl accidentally kills gun instructor

    NJ girl accidentally kills gun instructor

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:12:52 GMT
    A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use a fully automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday. Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, died Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Mohave County sheriff's officials said.
    A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use a fully automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday. Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, died Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Mohave County sheriff's officials said.
  • Fighting street harassment

    Fighting street harassment

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:37:24 GMT
    New York City women are tired of hearing vile things yelled at them as they walk down the street. Many women are going public about street harassment and catcalling. Some even post picture of their offenders on social media. Founded in 2005, Hollaback! is an anti-harassment organization giving women a platform to do just that.
    New York City women are tired of hearing vile things yelled at them as they walk down the street. Many women are going public about street harassment and catcalling. Some even post picture of their offenders on social media. Founded in 2005, Hollaback! is an anti-harassment organization giving women a platform to do just that.
  • Street Stories

    NYC homelessness and panhandling

    NYC homelessness and panhandling

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:08:08 GMT
    Homeless people still sleep under the Manhattan Bridge, but others who used to camp out near its base have been displaced by police and are now calling Park Avenue South home. Park Avenue South sits in one of the trendiest parts of Manhattan, with businesses, restaurants, hotels, and swank lofts. It's also the street corner home base of Tommy Lanfranchi and his domestic partner Nicole Kilroy, who've been in a methadone program for 10 years.
    Homeless people still sleep under the Manhattan Bridge, but others who used to camp out near its base have been displaced by police and are now calling Park Avenue South home. Park Avenue South sits in one of the trendiest parts of Manhattan, with businesses, restaurants, hotels, and swank lofts. It's also the street corner home base of Tommy Lanfranchi and his domestic partner Nicole Kilroy, who've been in a methadone program for 10 years.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices