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Large Fire At St. Mary Church in Willimantic

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) _ A three-alarm fire has heavily damaged a historic church in Willimantic not far from where people were attending a street festival.

Dozens of firefighters from more than nine departments battled four hours to get the fire under control Thursday at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, built in 1903.

Firefighters say the blaze began near the back of the church, was undergoing renovations.

Police say nobody was injured in the blaze and they don’t believe anyone was inside when the fire started. The inside of the church sustained heavy fire and water damage, and a section of the church’s roof collapsed.

At the time of the fire, downtown Willimantic was packed with people attending its Third Thursday street festival. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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