Historic US church tests sprinklers in wake of Notre Dame

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A historic U.S. church has tested the sprinklers in its steeple in the wake of the fire that destroyed much of the roof and spire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Sheets of water poured from the 196-foot (60-meter) steeple at Philadelphia’s Christ Church during Wednesday’s test as dozens of people watched from the ground below.

Church leaders wanted to show the building is protected ahead of upcoming renovations. Most of the roof and the spire of Notre Dame were destroyed in a fire that took place during renovations.

Christ Church was founded in 1695 and is known as the church of the Founding Fathers. It was frequented by George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, and other notable congregants include Betsy Ross.

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