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Massive fire at Christ the King HQ in Chicago
« on: October 07, 2015, 06:19:49 PM »
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  • http://abc7chicago.com/news/firefighters-battle-3-alarm-fire-at-woodlawn-church/1020949/

    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Work to rehab a Woodlawn church that was ravaged by fire 40 years ago ignited another huge fire at the Shrine of Christ the King on Chicago's South Side. No one was injured in the church fire.

    More than 150 firefighters were called the 90-year-old church, located in the 6400 block of South Woodlawn Avenue, early Wednesday morning. Chicago Fire Department detectives said spontaneous combustion from rags used to stain the floor of the choir pew is the mostly likely culprit. Volunteers were working on the restoration project late into Tuesday night. The fire wasn't spotted until 5:45 a.m.

    "That fire traveled from front to back, from the second floor all the way up the roof section and then ran the whole length of the church," Deputy Fire Commissioner John McNicholas said.

    Fire crews are still at the church, putting out hot spots. They salvaged the items they could get to inside- including an 18th Century statue of the baby Jesus from Spain.

    "It's very moving for me to be able to see that despite the damage that's gone on at the church here this morning, that this statue comes out and he's standing where everything else has fallen, rescued the Christ child," Canon Matthew Talarico, Institute of Christ the King, said.

    Firefighters joined the priest in praying over the ash-covered tabernacle.

    For hours, fire crews poured water on the roof as flames climbed high.

    "Truss roofs are the most dangerous roofs firefighters can face. Once a truss roof is compromised, you have the possibility of the collapse of the roof all at one time. If it doesn't happen at one time, it can happen in sections. In this case, it happened in sections. Three quarters of the entire length of the roof is into the structure," McNicholas said.

    The fire was extinguished around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

    The rectory and an old school building used as a shelter for women and children were not damaged. However, they were evacuated.

    "We didn't panic because we knew we had to get out. The staff that was working, we have staff around the clock, got everybody out calmly," Sister Therese O'Sullivan, St. Martin DePorres House of Hope, said.

    The Shrine of Christ the King was originally a Catholic church, known first as St. Clara and then as St. Gelasius. As the size of the parish diminished, the building faced demolition. However, the building was given historic status and taken over by a religious order in 2006.

    In the 1970s, a fire swept through the interior of the building.

    "We just had carpets on the floor. All the holes in the walls from the previous fire we had covered with fabric. If you first walk in, you wouldn't even know. You would only notice the beautiful things, the statues," Raciunas said.

    Alderman Willie B. Cochran said a major renovation project costing millions of dollars was under way at the shrine.

    "We knew it was getting to take 10, 20 years to get it accomplished. Now we have to go back to the drawing board. And it's an unfortunate loss," Cochran said.
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    « Reply #1 on: October 07, 2015, 06:21:10 PM »
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    « Reply #2 on: October 07, 2015, 09:29:34 PM »
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  • How terrible. Blessed be God that the statue of Our Lord made it out safely, though.
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    Massive fire at Christ the King HQ in Chicago
    « Reply #3 on: October 07, 2015, 11:02:06 PM »
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  • Quick update on the Shrine that was heavily damaged by fire this morning: “The Blessed Sacrament has been removed. Our Lord is safe and sound in the House Chapel. Please share the good news.” -Canon Michael Stein, Vice-Rector.

    The Infant Child statue was also saved, and didn’t seem to suffer any damage at all!


    http://sanctatrinitasunusdeus.com/2015/10/07/update-on-the-shrine-blessed-sacrament-is-safe/?blogsub=confirming#blog_subscription-2



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    Massive fire at Christ the King HQ in Chicago
    « Reply #4 on: October 08, 2015, 01:04:52 PM »
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  • I have to wonder if a Chicago jew(s) sacrificed this chapel to their false god so the Cubs could win - the game and fire happened the same day. It's a burnt offering...
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    Massive fire at Christ the King HQ in Chicago
    « Reply #5 on: October 08, 2015, 11:43:08 PM »
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    Chicago Fire Department detectives said spontaneous combustion from rags used to stain the floor of the choir pew is the mostly likely culprit.


    Fair warning to all readers:

    Leaving oil-soaked rags in a pile is ASKING for spontaneous combustion.  The oil evaporates and so generates heat, which builds up and can erupt in a fire spontaneously, that is, without being lit by anyone or anything else.

    The way to prevent this is to submerge the used rags in water, and CLOSE the lid of the water container, and put the container OUTSIDE in the open air.

    In this case, about 5 minutes of diligent custodial work could have prevented the whole fire.

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    Massive fire at Christ the King HQ in Chicago
    « Reply #6 on: October 09, 2015, 12:01:48 AM »
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  • Unfortunately, also, the 20th century grand organ was destroyed when the balcony collapsed.

    The left hand of the Infant King with the globe was chipped off but fireman were able to find it in the rubble.

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    « Reply #7 on: October 09, 2015, 02:51:28 PM »
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  • The cannons were finally able to enter the church today and sift through the rubble to find vestments, chalices, etc. Here, you will see the Cannon with the high alter cross.


     

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