Fire Damages Historic Melrose Catholic Church

June 20, 2018 09:42 AM

Firefighters worked into Friday night to put out a fire that started earlier in the evening at a church in Melrose, Minnesota.

Melrose is about 98 miles northwest of the Twin Cities along Interstate 94.


The fire occurred about 4:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church 203 Fifth Ave. SE.

Crews from Sauk Centre, Freeport and Melrose were on hand at the scene to extinguish the fire at the historic church.

Crews from Sauk Centre, Melrose and Freeport battled the blaze. The building dates to 1898.

According to a KSTP crew at the scene, most of the damage to the church is on the west side of the building where the electrical panels, broiler room and kitchen are located.

Many local residents were near the scene, watching as crews battled the flames. They handed out sandwiches, cookies and water to the firefighters working at the scene.

"It's sad," Anne Maus said. "The Melrose church is a part of all of us; it's who we are, it's what people identify us with. When you say you live in Melrose, they talk about the beautiful church we have."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Rebecca Omastiak

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