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A firefighter looks out one of the broken out windows at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Fulda Wednesday afternoon following a fire in a storage room at the church. Fulda police and the Murray County Sheriff’s department also responded to the scene. Brian Korthals/Daily Globe

Fulda church damaged by fire

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FULDA — St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Fulda sustained significant smoke damage in a late afternoon fire on Wednesday.

According to Fulda Fire Chief Dave Baumhoefner, the fire was reported at about 4 p.m. Wednesday. By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, flames could be seen coming from the windows in the southwest corner of the church. The blaze was mainly contained to what is generally called “the flower room,” where flowers from the altar and other items such as candles were stored, Baumhoefner said.

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“We had to break out windows in that room to gain access,” he added.

There was also damage to an adjacent room, and the entire church sustained smoke damage as well as water damage to the floors.

“It will take some cleaning,” said Baumhoefner. “It’s a brick and mortar building, so I don’t know what the damage is going to be, but there will be a lot of cleaning.”

Although the fire had been contained, Baumhoefner and his crew were still on the scene after 6 p.m. Wednesday, surveying the damage and awaiting the arrival of the state fire marshal to investigate the fire’s cause.

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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at http://lagniappe.areavoices.com/.  
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