Fire Strikes Historic Convent

Justin Kabbes writes for the Fond du Lac Reporter:

Although investigators know the origin of Friday’s fire at a historic Fond du Lac convent, the Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue said they are still trying to determine what caused it and if foul play was involved.

Division Chief of Fire Prevention Troy Haase said the fire originated in the back of a building on the first floor. According to Haase, bystanders witnessed children skateboarding around the building before the blaze started.

“Somebody was inside the house where they’re not supposed to be,” Haase said. “For us to determine whether someone did it accidentally or intentionally, we can’t really go there yet. We have to do interviews and try to figure that out.”

Read the rest (includes photos and video). Read more about the Sisterhood of the Holy Nativity.

Image: Convent of the Sisters of the Holy Nativity, circa 1925 • Project Canterbury

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