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>Firefighters Battle Blaze at Historic Chicago Cathedral

>CHICAGO – Firefighters battled an early morning blaze in frigid temperatures Wednesday at Holy Name Cathedral, a 134-year-old Chicago landmark and the seat of Cardinal Francis George.

Flames shot through the church’s roof for about an hour before they were replaced by plumes of white smoke. There were no injuries.

“Our main concern now is to try to keep the fire out of the main sanctuary area, which right now is getting a lot of water, but as I speak no fire,” said fire department spokesman Larry Langford. “The fire is confined to the roof of the church, and the attic area. Some people were inside the building when the fire broke out — they’ve all been taken out safely.”

The fire appeared to have been burning for awhile when discovered by a member of a crew working on renovations to the cathedral, said Chicago Fire Commissioner John W. Brooks.

Holy Name’s pastor, the Rev. Daniel Mayall, said the fire set off the sprinkler system, which kept the flames from the cathedral’s extensive wood paneling and ornate decorations. Read Entire Story

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