Historic Winchester Church Destroyed in Fire

A tragic fire on the night of October 9th cost the City of Winchester, Virginia one of its older wood-frame churches. St. Anne Chapel, built 1839, located on East Leicester Street, went up in flame around 8 PM. Nearby residents called 911 after noticing smoke, but the structure was already compromised by the time emergency responders arrived.

Bodies of two victims, believed to be squatters, have been recovered but no identifications have yet been made.

The church has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1987


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