Chicago Cathedral Fire (USA)

1On February 3, 2009, a fire burned for more than two hours at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, severely damaging the roof of the 134-year-old of the Chicago church. Starting about 5:30 a.m., the fire raged for 2½ hours until firefighters extinguished it.

Flames from the three-alarm blaze shot through the church’s blackened roof for about an hour before they were replaced by plumes of white smoke. The fire was struck out at around 8 a.m.

The church suffered extensive water damage, so firefighters had to pump water out of the basement. The fire also burned gaping holes into the roof. Sacramental records that were kept in a fireproof vault in the rectory weren’t damaged.

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