Historic Black church in Orange Park destroyed by fire

State Fire Marshal investigating cause of fire at St. Simon’s Church.

Jacksonville, Fl — A historic Black church in Orange Park has been destroyed by fire. The Orange Park Fire Department responded around 11 pm Thursday to St. Simon’s Church on Miller Street. The building was vacant, and no injuries were reported.

The fire was fully involved by the time crews responded to the scene. The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

The interior of the church had not been in use for the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re told the structure was undergoing renovations to add a fellowship hall.