It began at homes on Summit Avenue and the wind sent embers to a nearby church, Sts. Joseph and Michael Church at Central Avenue and 14th Street, and surrounding areas. The church has been standing for more than 100 years.
Consumed by flames, the church steeple collapsed onto the street below. Power lines also were down in the area.
The original fire started a block away at a two 3-story frame houses at Summit Avenue and 14th Street. The child who died was in one of the homes.
The fire was under control later Saturday morning, but firefighters remained on the scene to put out hot spots around 8 a.m.
Police are advising motorists and pedestrians to avoid the area.