Tragedy in Cambridge, MA

This morning at approximately 10:37 AM during the regional Stake Conference broadcast, the fire alarm sounded in the Longfellow Park LDS Chapel in Cambridge, MA.  At first, most thought it was a false alarm, but as people poured onto the street, it was evident that the fire was already serious.  Copious amounts of smoke were pouring from under the eaves and the fire seemed to be mostly in the attic.  It quickly escalated and firemen are still working to put out the flames.

The building was constructed in the 1950’s just outside of Harvard Square in one of the most beautiful parts of Cambridge, just across the street from the Longfellow House.  Countless general authorities, LDS scholars, and dozens of bloggernacle members have called this building their spiritual home at one time or another.  More information to come.

These photos were all taken within 20 minutes after the building was evacuated, between 10:43 and 10:55.

Update 1: No injuries.  By 12 PM, announcements were made around the stake at the conclusion of the Stake Conference that it already appeared that the building would have to be entirely rebuilt.

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