Fire heavily damages century-old church in northeast Minneapolis

The fire started Monday night and caused much of the church's roof to collapse.
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A fire heavily damaged a Catholic church in northeast Minneapolis Monday night that caused the majority of the century-old church's roof to collapse. 

The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, a Polish national Catholic church, at 220 5th St. NE around 7 p.m. Monday, the department tweeted

When firefighters arrived, they reported heavy fire showing from the rear and the cockloft of the church, according to MFD tweets. Crews soon switched to fighting the fire from outside the church as flames shot from the roof and bell tower, eventually causing the majority of the roof to collapse. 

No one was inside the church at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. 

A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the church, which says the fire started unexpectedly and "quickly grew out of control."

The page notes that parts of the roof collapsed and it looks like the majority of the contents inside will be "unsalvageable."

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

The fire at the church has not been linked to protests in the Twin Cities despite some claims spreading on social media to the contrary. 

"The fire does not appear to be associated with any civil unrest," MFD spokesperson Bryan Tyner told Bring Me The News.

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