A single Bible was recovered from the ashes of an evangelical church that was destroyed by the explosion last week in New York City’s Harlem.
Natural gas might have triggered Wednesday’s blast in East Harlem that killed eight people and injured dozens others. Two buildings containing businesses and residences were completely destroyed in the explosion.
“One of our members found a Bible, the original book they tell me of the founders of the church,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said. “It was singed, but it meant an awful lot to the pastor because at least we have a remnant of the church. It showed the pastor they’ll be rebuilding. This church is resilient.”
He is recovering at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
“He was overwhelmed with emotion, for sure,” Mr. Cassano said. “It’s a very sacred thing for him.”
The fire commissioner said once all the debris is removed from the area, the investigation into what caused the explosion can begin.