Car crash sets North Syracuse church on fire

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A Syracuse man is facing multiple charges this morning after crashing his car into a local church.

Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies say 24-year-old Florindo Pascarella was driving northbound on Hamilton Road shortly before 5 a.m. when he drove off the road, crashing into Bellewood Baptist Church on Church Street. A witness was able to pull Pascarella from his car before it caught on fire. Those flames spread to the church, causing considerable damage, although firefighters on scene say repairs can be made.

Deputies say Pascarella fled the scene before being arrested. He did not sustain any injuries in the crash. He's facing a number of charges, including having a suspended license, operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, having no insurance and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

The are also power outages in the area due to the fire. National Grid is on scene working on the problem.

If you have any additional information about this crash, deputies would like you to call them at 425-2111.