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Roxbury Church Deemed Structurally Unsafe After Strong Winds Knocks Steeple

The Inspectional Services Department was called to the scene and confirmed the building is structurally unsafe

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A steeple at the Church of Christ in Roxbury fell over after an overnight storm brought damaging winds and left thousands of people without power in Massachusetts.

Boston police and fire were called around 6:40 a.m. for a possible steeple that could topple over. The steeple fell over completely by around 9 a.m.

The Inspectional Services Department was called to the scene, confirmed the building was structurally unsafe and taped it off. Church member Pam Alexander said she's grateful there was no further damage to the building.

Powerful wind gusts battered the Bay State overnight into Friday morning.

"One of my neighbors called me and said, 'Hey Pam, the steeple fell! And we called 911 just to make sure. At the time it was the leaning tower of Pisa," Alexander said. "It’s like the power of God, you know that structures won’t last forever."

Despite the damage, the church continued to hold its free lunch program Friday, they just moved it across the street.

"Someone called me and said we were weren’t going to be able to do it because of the building and I said, 'Oh, we've got to figure it out.' So we already figured it out. We will distribute the food today."

Rockland Street from Walnut Street to Wakullah Street, which were closed for some time, have since reopened. No further information was immediately available.

Photos from the scene

Mark Garfinkel/NBC10 Boston
Mark Garfinkel/NBC10 Boston
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