Nun treated for smoke inhalation after fire at east side convent

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A nun was treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in an east side convent Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to the Saint Bernadette Catholic Church, located at 4838 Fletcher Ave., at approximately 12:40 p.m.

The fire started on the second floor of the nuns’ living quarters, which is attached to the church, and was contained in 30 minutes. The 48-year-old nun who is being treated for smoke inhalation was the one that discovered the fire, said officials.

A firefighter was also transported to the hospital for a minor burn.

Damage to the church is estimated at $55,000.

The church is relocated the five nuns who lived in the convent.  An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

Wednesday, a downtown history church caught fire.  Authorities said they believe someone intentionally set fire to the sanctuary of the 175-year-old church.  The church sustained approximately $400,000.

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