A fire heavily damages a Catholic church in eastern Kan.


FORT SCOTT, Kan. (KWCH) – Flames poured from the roof of a historic church in eastern Kansas from Monday evening to Tuesday morning. The Catholic Church of Mary Queen of Angels in Fort Scott has stood in the same location for over 150 years. Now members of the congregation are picking up the pieces.

Kenny Felt with Kenny Felt Photography captured video of the devastating fire as it devoured the roof of the church and scorched debris falling into the sanctuary. Despite the damage, some parts of the building appear to be intact, including some stained glass windows in the church.

Firefighters arrived to see flames burning through the roof just after 9 p.m. Monday. They said it was hard for the community to see.

“Throughout the evening and day today, we had a lot of congregations coming through and you can tell they are emotionally overwhelmed,” Fort Scott Fire Chief Dave Bruner said. .

The church has a kindergarten and primary school which meet in buildings next to the church. Both were closed on Tuesday for security reasons.

Mary Queen of Angels was consecrated in 1872 and remains an active church in Fort Scott. No word yet on how the church plans to move forward with the reconstruction.

A firefighter was slightly injured while battling the blaze. He was treated and released from the hospital. The cause of the fire has not yet been revealed.


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