A century-old church in northeast Minneapolis has caught fire and partially collapsed as protests erupt ahead of a jury verdict in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial.
Firefighters responded to a call at the two-story Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on Monday evening, where the Minneapolis Fire Department said the majority of the roof had collapsed by around 9 pm local time.
Footage of the conflagration has circulated online and in local media, showing sizable flames and a column of smoke billowing from the church’s roof as firefighters worked to put it out from ladders above the building.
Meanwhile, social media giant Facebook says it plans to crack down on the conversation regarding the imminent verdict at former police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial. Information surrounding the verdict will be tightly controlled, they said.