Roof, spire collapse in fire at historic Milwaukee church
Source: Terry Sater
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WISN) -
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, the oldest Lutheran church in Milwaukee and the second-oldest Missouri Synod Congregation in Wisconsin, was reduced to a shell after being engulfed by flames Tuesday afternoon.
Pastor Hunter Hofmann confirmed there was construction work being done on the roof of the church, near North 9th Street and West Highland Avenue, when fire broke out at about 3:45 p.m.
There were no injuries, but the fire caused the roof and a spire to collapse.
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded by immigrants from Pomerania, Germany in 1847 and was originally on 4th Street between Wells Street and Kilbourn Avenue. It moved to 4th and Wells streets in 1851 before Trinity's current location was constructed in 1878.
The church is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The city's main fire station is just blocks away from the church, so firefighters were able to respond quickly. Assistant Chief Brian Smith said 85 firefighters responded.
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