UPDATE: Fire Causes $900,000 in Damages to Historic Duluth Church

A fire caused $900,000 in damages to a historic Duluth church on Thursday morning.

The Duluth Fire Department responded to an automatic fire alarm at the Gloria Dei Church around 5:30 Thursday morning.

When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from the rear roof area.  The call was upgraded to a full alarm response, which sent another 20 firefighters to the scene.

Two crews went into the church and encountered weakening floor conditions.  At this time, a second alarm was called out, bringing in another eight firefighters.

The basement of the church flashed over and fire fighters were evacuated.

Once conditions improved, crews went back into the building and opened up ceiling areas to expose the fire.  The bulk of the fire was put out at this point. 

The fire department remained on scene for seven hours extinguishing hot spots.

A total of 36 firefighters responded to the blaze.  There were no injuries.

The building has been determined unsafe for entry. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fire Marshal’s Office. 


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