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The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception Damaged by Fire


July 26, 2013 Chapel Update: 
With the exception of the bell tower, the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception is now open to the public. The bell tower area will remain closed until further notice.

July 25, 2013 Chapel Update: 
 Service crews have been diligently working on cleaning up the damage to the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception and have secured the structure for temporary use. Currently scheduled events will proceed as planned, but general access is still restricted.


Emmitsburg, Maryland - The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception is closed until further notice following a fire in the bell tower on Friday, July 19.

The fire began shortly after 8 p.m. when the bell tower was struck by lightning during a passing storm. A Mount student witnessed the strike and immediately notified the Mount Office of Public Safety. After inspection, the Public Safety officer called Frederick County 911 to report smoke.

The Emmitsburg Fire Station 6 responded, along with firehouses from northern Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania. The fire was under control by 10:40 p.m. and was contained within the bell tower.

The Chapel was vacant at the time of the fire and no injuries reported.

“We thank the observant and quick thinking student, the responsive officers here at the Mount and the firehouses that sent crews from Emmitsburg, Northern Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania. The firefighters risked their lives to save our beloved IC Chapel. We give our thanks to God that the fire was contained but mostly we thank God no one was injured and our Mount students are safe.” President Thomas H. Powell, Mount St. Mary's University.

IC Chapel on fireDamage is estimated at approximately $600,000. The main body of the chapel was not significantly harmed.

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Local News Coverage
 

NBC NEws report Fire screenshotMount St. Mary's Chapel Fire Contained  •  NBC Washington

Late Friday evening crews battled flames at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg.

Watch the full newscast at NBCWashington.com.


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Chapel Closed After Fire Causes $600K in Damage • Danielle E. Gaines, Frederick News Post 

The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mount St. Mary's University is closed indefinitely after a fire in the bell tower caused more than $600,000 in damage. Read the full story ...

Fire Strikes Mount Chapel  • Cara R. Anthony, Frederick News Post

Fire Crews were battling a blaze Friday night at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, according to college spokesman Christian Kendzierski. Full story ...


 
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Chapel Fire at Mount St. Mary's University  •  Jennifer Lee, WHAG

Fire officials say Friday night's fire at Mount Saint Mary's University started with a lightning bolt.
"It was just raining," says university student, Colin Gbolie. "We didn't think anything was going to happen and then a lightning bolt hit the tower."

Read the full story or watch the news report at your4state.com


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