Crews respond to church fire in Somerset County

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UPDATE: According to Tony DeGol, Secretary of Communications for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, crews were able to stop the fire from spreading into the church. However, the attached rectory and social hall are a total loss.

There have been no reports of injury.

Original story can be found below

SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Crews were called to the scene of a church fire Friday morning that is currently disrupting traffic on PA 403 through the town of Hooversville.

According to dispatch, the crews were called out to the Holy Family Catholic Church at 321 Sugar Street to battle the blaze at 8:36 a.m.

The Holy Family Catholic Church in Hooversville has a history of fires. On April 29, 2008, a candle lit a backdrop near the alter and caused $200,000 in damages, according to news reports at the time.  In February of that same year, a metal door contained a fire in a closet. In July 2018, a propane tank exploded in fenced in area behind the church.

This is a developing story and information is limited at this time.

Stick with WTAJ as we continue to confirm more information. A reporter is at the scene.

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