Fire ravages former Gary hotel that houses small church

An investigation is underway into what caused a roaring fire at a former hotel and current church in Gary, Indiana.

The flames broke-out at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of 8th Avenue and Washington. Several fire departments fought the blaze, and kept it from spreading to a nearby school.

The three-story building is the site of the former plaza hotel, and “God’s House of Prayer.”

No one was hurt or killed.

“Our focus has been on helping people, the homeless, those that are oppressed, don’t have anyone to stand up with them and stand up for them,” said Pastor Atte Askew, of God’s House of Prayer.

To contact the church on ways you can help, call 219-730-4115

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