- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

ROCKWELL, Iowa (AP) - A parish center has sustained severe damage in a fire in Rockwell.

Multiple fire departments responded around 7:35 a.m. Tuesday to reports of smoke and flames at the Sacred Heart Parish Center, which is next to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Globe Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1OP7fFp ).

Rockwell Fire Chief Mark Lowe says that the building was unoccupied at the time of the fire and that no one was injured.

Lowe said on Tuesday afternoon that the center was under a controlled burn, and would probably actively burn for a couple of days. The Rockwell Fire Department is regularly checking the site to ensure that the fire does not spread.

The cause of the fire is unclear.

The Rev. Rod Allers says the center, which was used for religious education and wakes, is considered a loss. The center also housed an apartment for the parish’s groundskeeper. Allers says he believes the groundskeeper is staying with family, and that he has been offered aid by the church.

Allers says the church will rebuild the center, which was formerly the Sacred Heart Catholic School, by fall.

The church building sustained repairable smoke damage and will hold services on Sunday.


Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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