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Yaphank church gutted by fire

Firefighters respond to an intense blaze Sunday that

Firefighters respond to an intense blaze Sunday that heavily damaged the historic Yaphank Presbyterian Church, at 65 Main St. It took firefighters nearly 2½ hours to get the fire under control. The church was built in 1851. (Dec. 8, 2013) Photo Credit: Robert Garofalo

Arson investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that gutted a historic Yaphank church.

A member of the Yaphank Presbyterian Church congregation
Photo Credit: James Carbone

A member of the Yaphank Presbyterian Church congregation examines a damaged piano inside the church after a fire destroyed the historic sanctuary on Main Street. (Dec. 9, 2013)

Burned Bibles and hymnals are among the remains
Photo Credit: James Carbone

Burned Bibles and hymnals are among the remains of the Yaphank Presbyterian Church, which burned Sunday. (Dec. 9, 2013)

A member of the Yaphank Presbyterian Church congregation
Photo Credit: James Carbone

A member of the Yaphank Presbyterian Church congregation checks out a damaged piano Monday, the day after a fire gutted the sanctuary. (Dec. 9, 2013)

The historic Yaphank Presbyterian Church was heavily damaged
Photo Credit: James Carbone

The historic Yaphank Presbyterian Church was heavily damaged Sunday in a fire. About 75 firefighters fought the blaze for nearly 2½ hours. The church was built in 1851. (Dec. 8, 2013)

Firefighters responded early Sunday morning to battle an
Photo Credit: James Carbone

Firefighters responded early Sunday morning to battle an intense blaze that heavily damaged the historic Yaphank Presbyterian Church, at 65 Main St. It took firefighters nearly 2½ hours to get the fire under control. The church was built in 1851. (Dec. 8, 2013)

Firefighters respond to an intense blaze Sunday that
Photo Credit: Robert Garofalo

Firefighters respond to an intense blaze Sunday that heavily damaged the historic Yaphank Presbyterian Church, at 65 Main St. It took firefighters nearly 2½ hours to get the fire under control. The church was built in 1851. (Dec. 8, 2013)

Firefighters respond to an intense blaze Sunday that
Photo Credit: James Carbone

Firefighters respond to an intense blaze Sunday that heavily damaged the historic Yaphank Presbyterian Church, at 65 Main St. It took firefighters nearly 2½ hours to get the fire under control. The church was built in 1851. (Dec. 8, 2013)

Majorie Nicodemus, a parishioner of the Yaphank Presbyterian
Photo Credit: James Carbone

Majorie Nicodemus, a parishioner of the Yaphank Presbyterian Church, wipes away a tear Sunday after the sanctuary burned in an early morning fire. (Dec. 8, 2013)

Yaphank Presbyterian Church parishioner Audrey Kessler said she
Photo Credit: James Carbone

Yaphank Presbyterian Church parishioner Audrey Kessler said she is devastated by the damage to the church, which was hit by fire. (Dec. 8, 2013)

Audrey Kessler cries as she hugs Gary Ralph,
Photo Credit: James Carbone

Audrey Kessler cries as she hugs Gary Ralph, as parishioners gather Sunday morning outside the Yaphank Presbyterian Church, which was destroyed in a predawn fire. (Dec. 8, 2013)

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