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High wind damages churches in downtown DC (Photos)

The afternoon storm tore off part of the roof at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, on North Capitol Street in Northwest, at around 1:45 p.m., and Mount Airy Baptist Church, also on North Capitol Street, later in the afternoon.

WASHINGTON — Thursday afternoon’s winds damaged a D.C. church building that has stood since before the Civil War.

The afternoon storm tore off part of the roof at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, at North Capitol and Eye streets in Northwest near Union Station, at around 1:45 p.m.

D.C. Fire and EMS said the building is still being evaluated for structural damage, but that no one was injured.

Some of the rafters were torn from the roof and landed several blocks away, WTOP’s Dave Dildine reports.

The church is physically connected to Gonzaga College High School.

The building was constructed in 1859.

Mount Airy Baptist Church, at 1100 North Capitol St. in Northwest, appears to have also suffered roof damage.

North Capitol Street has been closed as the fire department investigates.

WTOP’s Dave Dildine and Lisa Weiner contributed to this report.


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