Fulda Fire Department responds to church blazePublished by on
FULDA – On a red flag fire warning day, the Fulda Fire Department was called at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday to a blaze inside the St. Gabriel Catholic Church. The fire appeared to have started in a corner room of the church known as the flower room.
Fulda Police Chief Paul Kenney said reports indicated the fire was mostly contained to that corner room, although a wall shared between the room and that of the main church may have been bowed or compromised because of the heat.
While there was no official indication of the cause of the fire, one parishioner said a light in the flower room may have been left on. That same parishioner said the church was built in the early 1900s.
With an all brick exterior, the signs from the outside of fire damage were limited to the windows around the flower room. Firefighters walked through the room Wednesday afternoon, visible through the windows.
The above average temperatures brought many a curious passerby past the church to watch the firefighters in action.
After the blaze was under control, a state fire marshal was contacted to assess the situation.