Kansas town regroups after massive fire

ALMA, Kansas – The town of Alma is cleaning up after Tuesday night’s wildfire that burned 600 acres.

Emergency crews from across northeast Kansas spent at least eight hours putting out Tuesday night’s fire, that burnt down an outbuilding and the Holy Family Religious Education Building that belonged to the Holy Family Catholic Church.

“No hope for saving the building,” said Dan Deiter, Alma City Councilmen.

Deiter, also a religious educator, spent the day going through the debris and collecting what could be saved.

The 126-year-old school building held a lot of history. The classroom that Deiter once taught in, is destroyed along with books, desks and religious artifacts except a handmade crucifix.

“It just got repaired and I hung it in their about two months ago,” said Deiter.

Father Mike Peterson is the Priest at Holy Family Catholic Church, and he was in Wamego when the building went up in flames.

“So I drove down to see what was happening,” said Father Peterson “I was greatly relieved when I was coming down the street and saw the steeple, and it was still intact.”

The church school building will be demolished.

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