Former Church Turned Art Studio Burns in Tamaqua

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.


  • teamjustice69

    no offense but why Tamaqua for an art studio. Maybe he got this building dirt cheap. Why would he pick Tamaqua? it sure isn’t for the scenery. seems odd.

    • lickerblisters

      I think the “art studio” was just a cover for a pedo street roamer housing facility. Probably somekind of slam slam friction in the bell steeple lit this puppy up.

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