Church Set Ablaze By Lightning Strike, Lights Up Evening Sky

The massive fire destroyed the 150-year-old church.

A massive fire ripped through Boston's First Baptist Church of Wakefield Tuesday night, CBS reports.

The nearly 150-year-old church appears to be a total loss.

A witness reported seeing lightning strike the 180-foot steeple before it went up in flames.

Firefighters battle a five-alarm fire at the First Baptist Church in Wakefield, MA on Oct. 23, 2018. (Photo: Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

"I saw the lightning strike the steeple, and we saw the smoke and it just went up in flames fast," said Christian Bruno, who lives across from the church.

Police are warning people to stay away from the area. There have been no reported injuries.

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According to its website, the First Baptist Church of Wakefield is nearly 150 years old.

With CBS