Covenant Pastor, Family Escape Morning Fire

BRONX, NY (July 17, 2013) – Pastor Michael Carrion, his wife, Elizabeth, and four children escaped uninjured from a fire that destroyed two multi-family homes shortly before 3 a.m. this morning.

Carrion, who is pastor of Promised Land Covenant Church, told a local news station,

“The flames were so ferocious that they set our house on fire. So my wife is screaming, the kids are screaming, but we’re grateful to be alive. A lot of people don’t come out of that. I’ve got my wife, I’ve got my kids, I’ve got everything. The house is replaceable.”

The family’s two dogs also escaped. But the Carrions lost all of their possessions. A relief fund has been established. Anyone wishing to make a contribution may click here.

Several families, including 10 adults and 15 children, were displaced by the fire, according to media reports.

Two children were treated for smoke inhalation at a local hospital and released. Between five and nine firefighters also were treated for minor injuries, according to media reports.

Officials said more than 250 firefighters from 60 units fought the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.




  • Your brothers and sisters at Trinity Covenant Church in Manchester, Connecticut, will be lifting you up in prayer. We are so thankful that you are safe and unharmed but know what a difficult situation you are in having lost everything. There is a praise song that I have sung that talks about our home being in Jesus. May you find your home in him in new and fresh ways in the days and weeks to come!
    Susan Falcetta, Ministry Staff
    Trinity Covenant Church
    Manchester, CT

  • Prayers for Pastor Mike and his family, he is doing such amazing work in the Bronx and my time with him just last week will continue to impact the way I serve in missions.

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