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Fire Destroys 140-year-old Catholic Church

WV Fire Marshal

 Authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a 140-year-old church Catholic church in Benwood.

The fire occurred just before 9 p.m. Monday at St. John Catholic Church. No injuries were reported.

Benwood Police Chief Frank Longwell says a school attached to the church sustained minimal damage.

The Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, says he was saddened by news of the fire.

The church was built in 1875.


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