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CHICAGO (WLS) — Demolition work got underway Wednesday morning at a historic Chicago church destroyed by a fire last week.

The Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Englewood was consumed by flames on Good Friday. The Department of Buildings said Wednesday that the remaining structure is not sound and poses a threat to surrounding buildings.

It is not clear how long the demolition process at 63rd Street and Stewart Avenue will take.

SEE ALSO: Mural inside Englewood church remains untouched by days-long fire as flare-ups continue

Fire investigators ruled the blaze was an accident and determined it was caused by crews using a propane torch while doing work on the building’s roof.

RELATED | South Side congregation gathers for Easter despite devastating Chicago church fire

The church’s pastor said they hope to rebuild.

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