Historic Minnesota church burns down in fire Sunday night

The 160-year-old church was completely destroyed.
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A historic church was burned down in a small town west of the Twin Cities on Sunday night. 

United Methodist Church, located at 224 Hill Street in Norwood Young America, was reported to have caught fire at 7:09 p.m. Norwood Young America Fire Department and surrounding departments worked to extinguish the flames until around midnight, at which point fire officials gave an all clear. 

The building was known as the "Church In The Maples" and had recently celebrated its 160th anniversary in the town of 3,723 people. 

No one was injured in the fire but the church was destroyed. 

"Sad to witness such an unfortunate event happen to such a historical building in town," Norwood Young America Fire Department wrote on Facebook.

"Thank you all who have reached out, it has been a long night and will be a long and difficult Christmas season for the members of Church in the Maples UMC," wrote Pastor Eli Somers in a Facebook post. 

Somers added that the "160 year old building was held so very dear to the people who called it home." 

The cause of the fire is being investigated. 

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