Historic Church Sets Fire in France, Sacristy Destroyed (Videos & Photos Inside)

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Lord have mercy!

The Church of Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul in Lille, France set ablaze on May 3. The disaster required at least 60 firefighters to control. The cause and origin is unknown and under investigation.

The 19th-century neo-Romanesque-style brick church located in the Wazemmes district of Lille set fire around 8 p.m. local time. The incident began in the sacristy and destroyed it.

However, firefighters quickly responded to the disaster, preventing damage to the entire church.

Here’s a video of the fire below:


Lille mayor Martine Aubry thanked firefighters for helping preserve the recently renovated church.

Here’s her post below:

@MartineAubry, Twitter

The mayor’s May 3 post reads, “This evening the Lille Saint Pierre Saint Paul of Wazemmes church is affected by a fire. Thanks to the [fire department] which is currently struggling to prevent the spread of flames in this religious and historical heritage, whose frame has been recently renovated.”

Here’s enlarged photos of the incident:

@OuchikhKarim, Twitter
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@Sdis59, Twitter
@MartineAubry, Twitter

Here’s a video depicting the fire damage:

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Pray for the protection of our churches! 🙏

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