OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — The Oakland Fire Department tweeted at 11:42 p.m. Sunday that a three-alarm fire was burning at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church.
FAME is the oldest Black church in the East Bay located at the corner of 37th and Telegraph Avenue.
Oakland Fire Department responded to calls of an outside fire at 11:30 p.m. Sunday. They arrived to see flames on the side of the church heading for the eaves of the building.
Within 90 minutes, officials said it grew to the second floor followed by the roof.
Approximately 60 firefighters were on the scene as well as three ladder trucks.
No injuries have been reported and the cause is still unknown.
Firefighters are still on the scene.
By 3 a.m. Monday, the pastor of the church Rodney Smith said all that was standing was the four walls of the building.
A community prayer event will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Brookins AME Church at 2201 73rd Avenue in Oakland. You can donate HERE.
Bay City News contributed to this report.