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Fire Heavily Damages Church In Northrop

NORTHROP, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — A historical church in a small southern Minnesota community has been heavily damaged by fire.

Truman police say the fire early Wednesday destroyed the sanctuary at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church on Highway 15 in Northrop. Authorities say the fire spread, causing the roof to collapse.

No one was inside at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

Five fire departments responded to the scene, from Northrop, Fairmont, Truman, Granada, and Welcome.

The church and school were founded in 1890. Northrop is a community of about 230 people in Martin County.

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