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Lightning strikes Catskill former church steeple

CATSKILL - Lightning has struck a former church in the center of the Catskill business district.

Officials say the lightning strike occurred Wednesday afternoon, striking the steeple of the former church, which is the current home to Snap Fitness Center on 321 Main Street.

Crews will use a crane to remove the remains of the steeple on Thursday.

First Assistant Fire Chief,  Harold Rivenburg says there were 15 people working out in the building.  All were evacuated without injuries.