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Bell tower that escaped fire damage in '93 hit by lightning Wednesday


BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – A Ballston Spa church caught fire during Wednesday's storms, damaging a portion of the building that had previously escaped damage during a separate fire.

The pastor at Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church says the building previously burnt to the ground in 1993, but the bell tower was saved and reused when the building was rebuilt.

It was that same piece that was struck by lightning Wednesday, according to fire officials at the scene. They received a call at 6:30 p.m. reporting the fire, and by 7 p.m. the flames were mostly extinguished. Hours after they battled hot spots that popped up.

Five fire companies, all volunteers, responded to the fire at 58 Charlton Road on the corner of Middleline and Charlton in Ballston Spa.

NEWS10 has a crew on scene and we'll keep you updated as information is released.

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