Fire Damages Historic St. Louis Church

Lightning is suspected of sparking a fire which caused extensive damage to a historic St. Louis, Missouri, Catholic Church on Thursday night, investigators said.

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The blaze at the St. Alphonsus Liguori Rock Church began around 7:30 in the evening while a choir was practicing inside. Choir members said that they heard the lightning strike, but didn’t realize until later that it had sparked a fire.

The church was founded in 1866, and was scheduled to celebrate its 140 year anniversary next month.