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Christmas Eve fire destroys historic Illinois church

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(KMOV) -- Fire destroyed a historic church in the small Illinois town of Brussels - after a small fire re-ignited on Christmas Eve.

St. Mary's Church on Main Street, built in the mid 1800's, was the town's major landmark. It was full of parishioners when a small fire broke out Saturday evening. Parishioners said a light in the ceiling seemed to malfunction and started a fire in the attic. The church evacuated and called firefighters to put out the fire.

A couple of hours later, the fire reignited and flames destroyed the church building. Parishioners and neighbors rushed to the scene and carried out statues, books, and items that could be saved.
There were no reports of injuries.

Parishioners say they will meet with the insurance company to assess their options later this week. The church financially supports the school at St. Mary's members are asking for donations to stay afloat.

Donations can be sent to Box 1, Brussels, IL 62013, said Charles Burch - a parishioner and the Calhoun County State's Attorney.

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