- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities haven’t been able to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a shrine at a northeast Ohio church listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Independent newspaper (https://bit.ly/1S8VSqX ) reports the nearly 140-year-old St. Mary Catholic Church in Massillon has been closed since the blaze at the St. Dymphna Shrine in early August. No one was hurt.

The site had attracted visitors who prayed to St. Dymphna, patron saint of those with nervous diseases and mental and emotional disorders.

Fire Inspector Mike Stone says the cause of the fire was ruled “undetermined” because the leads were exhausted and investigators couldn’t rule out all accidental causes, such as an electrical problem.

The congregation has held services in a church across the street while the facility has been temporarily closed.

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Information from: The Independent, https://www.indeonline.com

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