Extra-alarm fire at Shrine of Christ The King, landmark church in Woodlawn. pic.twitter.com/iUVEIAJ6B4— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) October 7, 2015
Woodlawn residents woke up to some very bad news this morning: the Shrine of Christ The King Catholic Church has been devastated by a raging fire. According to DNAinfo, the fire was first detected early this morning around 5:45 a.m. and by 9 a.m., the roof had collapsed. The church had been undergoing a massive and costly restoration effort, which started back in 2008. The scenario is eerily similar to that of the Pilgrim Baptist Church in the Bronzeville, which burned down in 2006 during a lengthy restoration effort. Despite raising money to rebuild, Pilgrim has sat idle ever since. However, Shrine of Christ The King has survived at least one fire before. Church members and representatives tell DNAinfo that they plan to rebuild after this week's catastrophe.
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