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Rocky Boy's St. Mary's Church burns to the ground


December 16, 2019

Havre Daily News/Jack Lambert

Pews bend and warp from the heat as St. Mary's Catholic Church burns on Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation Saturday. The fire was called in at about 10:21 a.m. As of 1 p.m. volunteer firefighters had gained control of the fire. The church is considered a total loss.

St. Mary's Catholic Church, a historic landmark on Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation, was considered a complete loss after flames consumed the structure Saturday. 

The fire started Saturday morning, Rocky Boy Volunteer Fire Department Chief Calvin Jilot said. He added that the volunteer fire department receiving a call at 10:21 a.m. and responded shorty after the call was made. He added that the initial report stated that the fire had originated in the kitchen of the church and quickly spread throughout the entire building. 

He said that his crew had a fast response time to the fire but be...

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