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Historic Milwaukee church heavily damaged by fire

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MILWAUKEE (WXOW) -

 Fire has caused a spire and part of the roof to collapse at a historic church in downtown Milwaukee.

Deputy Milwaukee Fire Chief Christopher Snyder says the blaze broke out at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Snyder says the pastor reported the fire. Authorities don't know what caused the fire, but Snyder says the fire apparently broke out on the roof, where construction work was going on.

The main fire station is only blocks away from the church, so firefighters were able to respond quickly. About 100 firefighters are on the scene. No injuries are reported.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Victorian Gothic church was built in 1878 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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An historic church in downtown Milwaukee is on fire.

A four-alarm fire was called for the blaze at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

At least one part of the building has collapsed due to the fire. 

The church was founded by German immigrants in 1847. 

The building, completed in 1878, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated State Historic Site according to the church's website. 

The building was also declared a Milwaukee landmark in 1967.

We'll update you on this story when more information becomes available. 

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