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PHOTO GALLERY: St. Mary's fire

The remains of St. Mary's smoldered after fire destroyed the building Sept. 2, 1993. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
A view of the church after the fire. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
A historic image of the church. A steam boiler destroyed the church in 1886. That building had been a replacement of an earlier structure. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
A clam-shell bucket takes the first bite during demolition of the fire-ravaged building. News-Sentinel file photo
Firefighters try to put out the flames. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Though close to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the diocese chose to rebuild St. Mary's. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Investigators later say that lightning was to blame for the fire. Photo by News-Sentinel file photo
The structure of the church and where the blaze started allowed flames to get throughout the structure before they could be stopped. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Smoke billows out of the eastern steeple during the fire. News-Sentinel file photo
Image of the Saint Mary's Church building after the fire that destroyed it in September of 1993. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
A collage of historic images of St. Marys that includes images of damage after the boiler explosion. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
The steeple would eventually crumble. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
A view of the altar in the former church. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
What was left after the fire. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Damage from the boiler explosion. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
The steeple begins to go. News-Sentinel file photo
The previous building had many more stained-glass windows. News-Sentinel file photo
The steeple falls. News-Sentinel file photo
A view down the aisle toward the altar in the former building. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Then-Bishop John M. D'Arcy is shown at the groundbreaking of the current church. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
A rose window is seen in the former church Dec. 24, 1970. News-Sentinel file photo
The former church was too large for the membership at the time of the fire. The current building was designed with a smaller sanctuary and more room for the soup kitchen. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Numerous firefighters responded to the call of the church fire. Image courtesy of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
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