Historic Ogden cathedral damaged in fire

Historic Ogden cathedral damaged in fire

(Ogden Fire Department)

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OGDEN — Crews responded to a small fire at St. Joseph's Catholic Church that started during maintenance work Wednesday.

The fire started about 4:20 p.m. when workers attempted to thaw some ice on the boiler, which is located on the outside of the building between the church and some living quarters, Ogden Fire Department Deputy Chief Eric Bauman said.

A crew of 14 firefighters from Ogden and Roy responded to St. Joseph's, 514 24th St., and quickly extinguished the fire.

The fire was contained to the boiler, though some smoke made its way into the historic church, Bauman said. Crews stayed on hand to help ventilate the church. Damage is estimated at $10,000.

"It would have been a terrible loss for our community," Bauman said, grateful the fire was knocked down before the church was damaged.

Ogden lists the cathedral as one of its prized historic sites.

No one was injured or displaced by the fire. The Ogden fire marshal is investigating the incident.


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