Fire strikes Chicago landmark church

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Chopper Photo: Holy Name Cathedral fire</span></div>
February 4, 2009 7:50:50 AM PST
Crews have extinguished fire at Holy Name Cathedral, a 134-year-old Chicago landmark and the seat of Cardinal Francis George. Flames shot through the church's blackened roof for about an hour before they were replaced by plumes of white smoke. The fire was struck at around 8 a.m.

There were no injuries.

Church officials say there was extensive water damage and fire officials were pumping water out of the basement. The fire also burned gaping holes into the roof.

Chicago Archdiocese Chancellor Jimmy Lago expects the church to be closed for months.

He says sacramental records that were kept in a fire proof vault in the rectory are believed to be safe.


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