Milwaukee church fire causes $17 million in damage

Flames shoot out of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee May 15, 2018. (Image source: WITI-TV)

MILWAUKEE (WLUK) -- A fire at a historical church in downtown Milwaukee has caused $17 million in damage, officials say.

Chief Mark Rohlfing said the fire at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church began in the roof area.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Dave Votsis, heating tools were placed on adjacent scaffolding, which may have ignited the roof.

More than 100 firefighters responded to the blazeTuesday afternoon.

No injuries were reported.

Rohlfing said $13 million of damage was caused to the building itself and another $4 million to the content within the building.

The pastor of the church says the congregation is committed to restoring and rebuilding the church in the same location.

The church was built in 1878 and is one of the oldest churches in Milwaukee.

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