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Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff
Firefighters battled a five-alarm blaze that tore through a historic church on Broadway in South Boston.
The fire was reported at 9:13 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, an Albanian Orthodox church.
Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff
Mikey Robinson, 7, of South Boston, watched the fire for about 45 minutes with his father Michael Robinson.
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
No one was inside the building when the fire broke out and no civilians were injured.
Eight firefighters suffered a variety of minor injuries, officials said.
Chancellor of the Diocese, the Rev. Arthur Liolin, and church board member Cindy Vasil Brown. looked at the damage to the church.
A woman covered her face while walking past the smokey fire.
At the height of the fire, flames flickered from the building and smoke billowed into the air, creating a plume that was visible for miles and at times shrouding streets in the area.
Resident Mary Mckunes watched from the sidewalk across the street.
Firefighters worked to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings in the densely populated neighborhood.
Firetrucks clogged West Broadway in front of the church.
Boston Fire Department
Boston firefighters battled the blaze.
The side of the building was damaged.
Ben Voilin/Globe staff
Nearby residents gathered to watch the firefighters battle the flames.
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