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Historic Church Special to Chicago

One of Chicago's most historic buildings—a church—caught fire early today. It was just a few years ago that Pilgrim Baptist Church was destroyed in a blaze, and now today, firefighters were called to Holy Name Cathedral. The fire began around 5:30 this morning and caused a traffic snarl in the immediate area.

While it appears no one was injured and the extent of the damage is unknown, flames coming from the roof were visible from a distance and a firefighter on the scene tells us there is structural water damage. Father Dan Mayall says there are a lot of people who would miss the cathedral if it were lost.

Tim Samuelson is the cultural historian for the City of Chicago. He joins us now by phone to tell us more about what makes Holy Name special.

Music Button: Richard Prew, "Mass for the City," recording courtesy of Ed Herrman

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