Fire Damages St. Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, MD

January 29, 2010

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Benedict, Maryland suffered substantial damage in a fire today, including extensive smoke and water damage to the interior walls and basement, broken windows and a hole in the floor in front of the altar. The fire apparently started in the basement.

The church is expected to be closed for some time for repairs; Masses will be held in the parish hall and fire house.

The stucco church was built in 1924, after the original 1896 wood church was destroyed in a fire. St. Francis de Sales parish serves over 160 families. The website is

Susan Gibbs
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