La Crosse church roof damaged by fire

Published On: Dec 18 2012 01:30:05 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 18 2012 06:07:24 PM CST

La Crosse firefighters were able to put out a fire on the roof of Faith Lutheran Church at 1407 Main Street in La Crosse on Tuesday afternoon before it spread to the rest of the church.

La Crosse Division Chief Tom Wallerich says a maintenance worker called 911 after he smelled smoke in the church and could see it coming from the roof.

Firefighters went up to the roof, cut out a four-foot hole and were able to put out, causing very little smoke or fire damage.

Investigators said the cause of the fire was a light that was damaged and making contact with the roof. The heat from the hologen bulb started the fire.

Investigators said there were other signs of vandalism on the roof.

No one was injured in the fire. Right now, there's no word on the cost of the damage.