Church Could Be Demolished

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 8, 2006 at 12:22 AM EDT

It's a lasting reminder of a deadly Binghamton fire.

And city leaders say it could be torn down by the end of this year.

A church at 231 Front Street was badly damaged in May.

It happened after a fire broke out and killed four people in a home next door.

Since then the Binghamton Fire Marshal's office has inspected the damaged church.

It says the building must be torn down because flames destroyed more than half its structure.

Binghamton Corporation Counsel says it told the church's owner to demolish the building at its own cost.

The church's owners will have a chance to challenge the fire marshal's inspection report.

They can do that at a damage assesment hearing in two weeks.

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