Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Extensive damage to Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago

Thanks to a reader tip for sending this news in:

(Photo: Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)

An extra-alarm blaze that broke out this morning at Holy Name Cathedral downtown caused extensive fire damage to the roof and attic, but spared the cathedral's sanctuary.

Cardinal Francis George said the cathedral's roof would have to be rebuilt and there was considerable water damage inside. "Chicago has always bounced back from fires and I think we'll bounce back from this," the cardinal said as he left the church.

The fire may have been related to some renovation. Work was being done on pillars in the cathedral and on some deteriorating wood high in the rafters, according Jimmy Lago, chancellor of the Chicago Archdiocese. He said a worker was present at the time the fire broke out, but didn't know if he was working in the area where the fire started.

To read the whole story: Chicago Tribune

More recent articles:

For more articles, see the NLM archives: