Wrecking Ball Meets Fire-Ravaged 19th Century Tacony Church

A 2 alarm fire tore through St. Leo the Great church on Sunday.

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St. Leo the Great Church, an imposing stone house of worship in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood, is being demolished by a wrecking ball, a day after a fire tore through the 135 year old structure.

SkyForce10 was overhead as demolition crews take down the building around 2 p.m. Monday. Watch above.

The fire was first reported around 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the defunct church located at Keystone Street and Unruh Avenue. It quickly grew to a 2 alarm blaze.

Built in 1884, St. Leo had been a community landmark in Tacony for more than 135 years. It became a worship site in 2013 after merging with Our Lady of Consolation Parish and it permanently closed in January 2019, according to a report by the Northeast Times. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

A massive fire destroyed the historic St. Leo the Great Church in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood. NBC10's Steven Fisher spoke with former parishioners.
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