A day after fire gutted the historic Union Baptist Church in New Rochelle, demolition crews began dismantling it.
On a cold, bright and breezy morning, workers in a hydraulic lift used a jackhammer to take down the gable looming over Main Street. They worked deliberately, chipping away mortar and pushing bricks and blocks of marble by hand into blackened, hollowed-out center of the building. They’ll work until the top of the wall is flush with the rest of the building. After that, they’ll move around to church’s northeast side and do the same with that gable.
On Monday, the city’s engineer said the gable over Main Street was swaying as much as a foot in either direction in the heavy wind.
Though parts of the church are coming down, its pastor, Rev. Reginald Hudson, has vowed to rebuild it.
Also, firefighters arrived at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to douse pockets of fires in the church basement.
We’ll have more on this story later in the day.