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Historic Massachusetts church built in 1743 ravaged by intense fire

Fire crews in a central Massachusetts town were responding Friday to a blaze at a centuries-old historic church after the building was struck by lightning during a storm. 

The Spencer Fire Department said firefighters responded to the First Congregational Church around 3 p.m. for a report of a fire in the steeple. Flames and smoke could be seen billowing from the ancient Route 9 structure. 

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Boston-area church fire

The historical is First Congregational Church caught fire Friday as crews battled to extinguish the blaze.  (Town of Spencer, Massachusetts Police Department via Facebook)

Authorities have not said if there were any injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Church fire in Massachusetts

Smoke comes out of the is First Congregational Church in Spencer, Massachusetts.  (Town of Spencer, Massachusetts Police Department via Facebook)

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The church was destroyed by a fire in 1862 but was rebuilt, Boston 25 reported. 

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