Fire rips through S. Boston church ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Firefighters battled a five-alarm blaze that tore through a historic church on Broadway in South Boston. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff 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. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Eight firefighters suffered a variety of minor injuries, officials said. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Chancellor of the Diocese, the Rev. Arthur Liolin, and church board member Cindy Vasil Brown. looked at the damage to the church. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff A woman covered her face while walking past the smokey fire. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff 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. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Resident Mary Mckunes watched from the sidewalk across the street. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Firefighters worked to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings in the densely populated neighborhood. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Firetrucks clogged West Broadway in front of the church. Boston Fire Department Boston firefighters battled the blaze. Boston Fire Department The side of the building was damaged. Ben Voilin/Globe staff Nearby residents gathered to watch the firefighters battle the flames.