Milton, Pa - Emergency crews yesterday battled a fire at the Bethany United Methodist Church along Front Street in Milton.

The first call came in about 1:50 p.m. Heavy smoke and flames could be seen billowing from the church and firefighters attack the church from all sides. Smoke was seen all across the borough.

The initial call became and a second and third alarm with minutes of the first call.

Several ladder trucks sprayed water onto the roof as crews from across Union, upper Northumberland, Lycoming and and Snyder counties. All units worked flawlessly together and were able to salvage things from inside the main hall.

The Milton Fire Department posted this update on the fire on their Facebook Page:

“Tuesday November 26, 2019 at 1353 hours the Milton Fire Department was dispatched to Bethany United Methodist Church on the corner of South Front and Center Streets for a Church Fire. Milton Pd and Lieutenant 1562 arrived at dispatch with smoke showing and the second alarm was requested.

Moments later Chief 1502 requested the third alarm be dispatched based off of reports from the scene.

Tower and Engine 15 arrived with the Tower laying in from Center and Front and the Engine from Bound Ave and Center. Mutual aid departments would continue arriving bringing water supply’s from 4 additional hydrants and setting up their aerials and completing interior operations.

Approximately 75 firefighters from Milton, Warrior Run, White Deer Twp., Turbot Township, Lewisburg, Mifflinburg, Point Twp., Northumberland, Sunbury, Mahoning Twp., Montgomery, Muncy, Montoursville, and a rehab unit from Kratzerville worked for around 3 hours to bring the fire under control while several mutual aid departments and Company 15 units remained on scene for over 5 hours.

Crews worked tirelessly to contain all the fire in the ceiling area of the main sanctuary and keep it from spreading to other parts of the church or any adjacent structures.

Units on scene included Tower 15, Truck 2, Tower 3, Truck 73, Truck 542, Ladder 39, and Ladder 20, Engine’s 15, 5,3, 17, 742, and 63. Rescue’s 15, 9, 13, and 39 Tankers 9, and 9-2, Chiefs 1501,1502,1503, 901,902,903,203,302,304,7-3,13,1-13,and 39, Micu 15, Ambulance 15, Traffic 15, and Milton PD”

Photos are from the Milton Fire Department, Montoursville Fire Department and the Muncy Fire Department.

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