Church destroyed in fire on Far South Side

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CHICAGO -- A small West Pullman congregation lost its place of worship after a  church fire overnight on the Far South Side.

The Hyde Park A.M.E. Church at 121st and South Eggleston was gutted.  WGN reporter Judy Wang spoke to a woman who was married at the church and who baptized her son there. "It's a lot of history there for our entire family," said Harriett Jackson-Tyler.

The congregation has 32 members.  Up until 1974, it was based in Hyde Park. But when a fire destroyed that church, it was moved to it's current location in West Pullman.

One man lived at the church. He is looking for a new home.

We have to continue to "try to be a blessing to the community," said Reverend Marcus Tabb.

It's not known if the church will rebuild.

There are no reports of any injuries.

WGN's Judy Wang reported, the fire may have started in the back of the building, but authorities do not know what triggered it.

The church is next to Metra’s Electric Line, which was shut down but back running by 5 a.m. this morning.

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