Fountain City church damaged by fire

Fountain City (WXOW) – An investigation is underway to determine what caused a fire inside a Fountain City church Wednesday morning. 

The fire at the St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 2 North Hill St. happened around 9 a.m., according to authorities.

Six fire departments responded to the fire.

While there was some fire damage, smoke damage spread throughout the entire church. 

No one was inside the church when the fire broke out, nor was anyone hurt during the incident. 

The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation into the fire. The department asked anyone who might have seen or noticed anything before the fire to contact them at 608-685-4433.

The Diocese of La Crosse issued the following statement:

Today we learned that the Immaculate Conception Parish Church in Fountain City has been damaged by a fire that was reported at approximately 10:00 a.m. The Fountain City Fire Department, as well as six other area fire departments responded to the fire. No one was injured.

Until further notice, Mass will be celebrated in the Parish Life Center following the regular schedule. The Parish Life Center is located near the church at 2 North Wall Street.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. While the structural integrity of the church was not damaged, there is considerable smoke damage. Clean-up efforts will begin once the investigation is complete.

Heartfelt thanks go out to all who helped during this incident. The work of the first responders, law enforcement, and the many others that came to protect the community and the building is greatly appreciated.

Please keep the faithful of Immaculate Conception Parish in your prayers during this time.

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