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Fire that destroyed church traced to gas tank

9:12 PM, Jan. 16, 2013  |  Comments
Investigators from the Dunn County Sheriff's Department and the Colfax, Wis., Fire Department examine charred remains Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 of St. John's Lutheran Church in the Town of Grant, Dunn County, Wis. A fire late Saturday, Jan. 12 destroyed the nearly 100-year-old rural church located about 10 miles north of Colfax. (AP Photo/Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Steve Kinderman)
Investigators from the Dunn County Sheriff's Department and the Colfax, Wis., Fire Department examine charred remains Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 of St. John's Lutheran Church in the Town of Grant, Dunn County, Wis. A fire late Saturday, Jan. 12 destroyed the nearly 100-year-old rural church located about 10 miles north of Colfax. (AP Photo/Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Steve Kinderman)
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MENOMONIE - An explosion and fire that destroyed a historic church in Dunn County has been traced to a gas tank.

Fire investigators say there's nothing suspicious or criminal about the LP gas explosion that left the 99-year-old church near Colfax a charred pile of rubble.

A passer-by called the Dunn County Sheriff's Department Saturday about 9 p.m. to report the fire at St. John's Lutheran Church.

The 60-member congregation is worshipping at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in nearby Ridgeland.

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