French Basilica Heavily Damaged in Morning Blaze

A 19th century basilica has been damaged by fire, according to official reports. The fire reportedly broke out on Monday morning at the Basilica of Saint-Donatien-et-Saint-Rogatien in Western France. Services were going on in the church when the fire erupted. Worshipers were evacuated and none were hurt in the blaze, according to reports.

The fire, however damaged much of the basilica, damage was concentrated mostly on the roof and top floor of the structure. Firefighters battled the blaze for several hours before containing it. Flames and smoke could be seen for miles, according to residents of the area. Many took to social media to share pictures and videos of the blaze.

According to Madison Street Capital, the basilica was constructed in the late 18th century, and completed in the early 19th century. It is a historical sight that remains a working place of worship to this day. Daily services are provided within the Basilica.

There is no word on what caused the fire at this time, but extensive damage has been reported. The church will remain closed while authorities pinpoint what caused the blaze and decide whether or not the structure can be restored. An adjacent cemetery was not damaged during the fire.