Extra Alarm Fire at St Paul’s Lutheran Church on Church Rd in Beecher

Fire at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Beecher, Illinois (SOURCE: St. Paul's Ev Lutheran Church - LCMS in Chicago Heights)
Fire at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Beecher, Illinois (SOURCE: St. Paul’s Ev Lutheran Church – LCMS in Chicago Heights).

Police and firefighter/paramedics from Beecher responded about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021 to a report of a church fire at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1407 West Church Road in Beecher, Illinois.

A MABAS Division 27 Box Alarm #4002 was activated at 2:00 p.m.

Firefighters, paramedics and command officers from Cedar Lake, Crete, Manteno, Matteson, Momence, Monee, Park Forest, Sauk Village, South Chicago Heights, Steger, Steger Estates, and University Park were assigned to the scene.

The fire response upgraded to a Second Alarm at 2:05 p.m. and a Third Alarm was activated at 2:21 p.m.

According to St. Paul’s Ev Lutheran Church in Chicago Heights nearby, the Beecher church was founded in 1865. The fire is reported to have begun about 1:00 p.m. and the church has now burnt to the ground. Initially no injuries were reported, and the parsonage (where Rev. Stein and his family lives) was not damaged.




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Smoke showing from the steeple at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Beecher, Illinois (SOURCE: St. Paul’s Ev Lutheran Church – LCMS in Chicago Heights)
Smoke showing from the steeple at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Beecher, Illinois (SOURCE: St. Paul’s Ev Lutheran Church – LCMS in Chicago Heights).

Please pray for this congregation.

— St. Paul’s Ev Lutheran Church – LCMS, Chicago Heights, Illinois

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Extra alarm church fire at St. Paul's Luthern Church in Beecher, Illinois
Extra alarm church fire at St. Paul’s Luthern Church in Beecher, Illinois (Image captured August 2019 ©2021 Google).