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Overnight Fall Creek church fire likely caused by lightning strike

The fire was reported at 2:51 a.m. Thursday at St. James Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Fall Creek.
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 4:04 AM CDT
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FALL CREEK, Wis. (WEAU) - The Fall Creek Area Fire District said a lightning strike is the likely culprit behind an overnight fire at St. James Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Fall Creek.

Crews were sent to the church at 2:51 a.m. Thursday and found the bell tower of the church on fire, according to a post on Facebook from the Fire District.

Damage was contained to the bell tower of the church. The Fire District said the preliminary cause is a lightning strike. Laurel Boyer, the church’s administrative assistant, said that she believes the steeple was hit by lightning, as storms were in the area at the time.

In a post on Facebook, the Church said it is moving a funeral service to a funeral home in Augusta due to minor smoke and water damage inside of the church. In another post, the Church is working on a plan for its Sunday services once damages are assessed.

The church is located at 305 South State St. The Augusta Fire Department also responded to the scene early Thursday morning.

Crews respond to fire at Fall Creek church.
Crews respond to fire at Fall Creek church.(WEAU)

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