Around seven people are today homeless following a major fire at the corner of Oxley Street and Combermere Street, The City.
The blaze, which was reported at 10:30 a.m., destroyed three houses and left another three residences and a church with water and fire damage.
Some 19 firefighters responded to the blaze.
There were no reports of injuries.
Police public relations officer inspector David Welch said the fire was of unknown origin.
Pastor of the Abraham Apostolic Church Brenda Ramsey was praising God, even though she appeared distraught by the damage to the building.
“Somebody save my Bible; thank the Lord,” she said.
Her assistant Amelia Forde said they are still planning to hold service in the building tomorrow.
“I can see it [has gotten] a lot of water damage. I can see that we got some damaged windows, I can see carpet damage. The house in the back of the church, which is owned by the church, got damaged also. We’ve got a lot of damage in the bathroom and the doors at the side are damaged also, but we’re giving thanks that it’s still up and could run tomorrow. We’re going to make it run tomorrow,” she said.
“We’re going to try and clean it up and get in there tomorrow. We aint letting nothing stop we from praising the Lord,” she added.