St. Mark's Episcopal Church
In 2011, the cross on top of the building was destroyed by the minor earthquake felt across the Northeast. The cost of maintaining the building became too high and the building began to fall into disrepair by 2004. The diocese sold the church to various other religious groups who never stayed long term due to the high cost of maintaining the building. On January 1, 2016, the church sustained devastating damage by a fire that was burning for three hours. As of January of 2017, work has begun to fully restore the church to its former glory.
If there ever was a warning sign of things to come, this place is vividly attached to one. Being inched further and further past my comfort zone, more and more close calls. "I think these alarms are active", I say, as he continues to get one more photo. "I think I just heard a car door", as he finally packs up his camera. You must be hearing things, there's no one out there, that's not really what happened. The specifics of the story don't necessarily matter, it's just the same plot over and over again. In the end, it bursts into a spectacular display of flames, as people stand-by, aghast and unsure what to do. At that point, does it really matter how the fire started or is it just more important to get out and run to safety?