Historic St Ann's Bay Methodist Church destroyed by fire
The St Ann's Bay Methodist Church located in town of St Ann's Bay, St Ann was destroyed by fire on Tuesday morning.
Initial reports are that the St Ann Fire Department received a call about the fire at about 2:15 am.
Three fire units and approximately 15 firefighters from the St Ann's Bay Fire Department responded to the blaze.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
According to the National Library of Jamaica, the St Ann's Bay Methodist Church was built in 1898. The church was one of several historical structures in the town.
Several persons took to social media network, Facebook to bemoan the destruction of the church that was integral to the development of the St Ann's Bay community.
The St Ann's Bay Primary School in its post about the tragedy said: "We are heartbroken to see the destruction caused by fire at our neighborhood church - St. Ann's Bay Methodist Church; an institution we hold dearly to our hearts. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
The post added: "St. Ann’s Bay Primary School stands ready to provide any assistance needed."
One individual lamented the significance that the church played in his development.
"Here looking at videos and pics and I’m shocked. I feel like a part of me has been torn away. ST ANN'S BAY METHODIST CHURCH was more to me of an institution of good upbringing than just a church. Many a days spent when I was young from regular church services, conferences, youth fellowship, summer school, concerts to eventually where I got married," the post read.
Another Facebook user posted: "My heart aches watching a video of my home church go up in flames. St Ann's Bay Methodist church my roots my heritage my foundation the place I learnt to love."