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Fire causes spire collapse at historic Milwaukee church

Pastor Hunter Hofmann, second from the left, walks with fire investigators Wednesday, May 16 the morning after fire burned a portion of Trinity Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. Contractors were working on the building but the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack) TrinityFire2_klh The charred remains of Trinity Lutheran Church stand Wednesday, May 16 the morning after fire burned a portion of the building. Contractors were working on the building but the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Pastor Hunter Hofmann, second from left, walks with fire investigators on Wednesday after fire burned a portion of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee on Tuesday afternoon. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Fire has caused a spire and part of the roof to collapse at a historic church in downtown Milwaukee.

Deputy Milwaukee Fire Chief Christopher Snyder says the blaze broke out at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Snyder says the pastor reported the fire. Authorities don’t know what caused the fire, but Snyder says the fire apparently broke out on the roof, where construction work was going on.

The main fire station is only blocks away from the church, so firefighters were able to respond quickly.

About 100 firefighters are on the scene. No injuries are reported.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Victorian Gothic church was built in 1878 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Smoke rises from Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, which caught fire on Tuesday afternoon. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire. (Photo by Joe Yovino)

Smoke rises from Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, which caught fire on Tuesday afternoon. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire. (Staff photo by Joe Yovino)

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