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    Major Blaze Engulfs 230-Year-Old Church in Blackburn, UK (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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    The Lancashire Fire Department reported that at 5:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. GMT), firefighters were called to a blaze in the Bureau Centre for the Arts, in the former Church of St John the Evangelist, which opened in 1789.

    The oldest church in Blackburn was filmed immersed in the flames.

    Eight fire engines and two helicopters promptly arrived at the scene, Lancashire Live reported. There is no information about casualties or the cause of the fire.

    Social media users have widely shared photos and videos of the fire and thick clouds of smoke towering into the sky, with one eyewitness reporting that he could hear what sounded like things "exploding" as well.

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