On Air Now

Listen

Listen Live Now » 101.9 FM Central Wisconsin

Weather

Current Conditions(Wausau,WI 54403)

More Weather »
36° Feels Like: 25°
Wind: SW 20 mph Past 24 hrs - Precip: 0.01”
Current Radar for Zip

Tonight

Rain/Snow 34°

Tomorrow

AM Snow Showers 40°

Fri Night

Partly Cloudy 21°

Alerts

Gas tank blamed for explosion, fire that destroyed church

by

DUNN COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - An LP gas tank is being blamed for an explosion and fire that destroyed a nearly 100-year-old church in western Wisconsin.

Investigators said they found nothing suspicious about the gas explosion, which occurred Saturday night at St. John’s Lutheran Church about 10 miles north of Colfax.

A passer-by called Dunn County deputies after seeing the front of the church pushed to the ground, and broken glass covering a highway.

According to Chippewa Valley Newspapers, a woman noticed an odor while doing cleaning work earlier on Saturday – but she passed it off as being from new construction at the site.

Church Council president Bruce Winget thought the odor might have been exhaust blown in from a vent pipe.

For now, St. John’s is holding its services at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in nearby Ridgeland. Winget said other churches have offered space as well. 

Comments