Plans Would Rebuild Michigan Church Destroyed by Fire

July 3, 2012

Religious leaders say they plan to rebuild a Catholic church in West Michigan that was destroyed by fire over the weekend. reports the cause of Sunday morning’s fire at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church was under investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

A crucifix used on Good Friday was pulled from the debris by firefighters.

Grand Rapids Diocese Bishop Walter Hurley watched the flames eat the church building and was allowed briefly inside by authorities on Sunday afternoon. He says the pews were “practically all gone,” a piano was heavily damaged and ceiling beams were charred but somewhat intact.

Officials say the fire started on the church’s roof. A passing police officer noticed the smoke and alerted fire crews.

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