TAMAQUA, Pa. -- A former church in Tamaqua burned late Saturday night.
Crews were called to the former First Presbyterian Church on West Broad Street around 11:30 p.m.
Tamaqua firefighters called in help from other departments in Schuylkill and Carbon counties.
The old church is now an art studio and apartment. Roberto Figueroa, a friend of the owner and former employee, said the artist is out of the country.
"He's a hell of a guy like I said, good guy. He'll give you the shirt off his back. He helped a lot of people in this neighborhood. A lot of people around here know him," said Figueroa.
The fire chief said the cause has been ruled accidental because of an electrical problem.