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Posted: 08/25/2020

Category: County Sheriff Press Release

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Case Number: 20009615

Date Reported: 08/21/2020 at 8:25 PM

Incident: Fire

Location: Solem Lutheran Church, 9159 County Road 1 SW - Rural Kensington

Case Details:

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a passerby reporting the steeple of the Solem Lutheran Church was on fire. Kensington Fire responded with assistance from Hoffman Fire, Evansville Fire, and Alexandria Fire. The Alexandria Fire aerial truck was used to extinguish the fire. The steeple was damaged by fire and the rest of the church sustained water damage. It's believed the fire started from a lightning strike as a thunderstorm with frequent lightning passed through the area. Douglas County deputies and Hoffman Ambulance also responded.

Officer: Sgt. Ron Boyden, #209


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