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Fire damages Spalding church

Firemen spray water into the window of the west sacristy at St. Michael’s Church in Spalding.Fire departments from Spalding, Greeley, Primrose and Albion responded to a fire Friday, March 2, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spalding, NE.

The fire call came into the Greeley County Sheriff’s office at about 1:15 p.m.

Father Don Buhrman, St. Michael’s priest, reported the fire after he smelled smoke and saw flames coming from the west sacristy of the church sancruary.

The blaze apparently started in the west sacristy.

Cause of the fire was not available Monday, because the matter was still under investigation, according to Ray Mantz, public information officer of the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s office.

“There was smoke damage throughout the church, and water damage to the sanctuary and basement areas,” said Father Buhrman. “Still, we are fortunate we caught it when we did.”

An insurance inspector had been on the scene, but a dollar estimate of the damage was not available on Monday.

It was unknown how soon the church building could be back in use. In the interim, masses will be held at the St. Michael’s Parish Center.

Father Buhrman said the church building was secured over the weekend. A church restoration company was beginning work at the scene Monday, March 5.

Details in the March 7 Albion News Print & Electronic Editions.

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