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St. Anthony's Church fire was a close call

Building will be closed for months

Ray Legere of Legere Restoration stands in the sanctuary of St. Anthony's Church on Seward Street Saturday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Ray Legere of Legere Restoration stands in the sanctuary of St. Anthony's Church on Seward Street Saturday.
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It will be months before St. Anthony’s Church can be restored from damage it sustained in Friday night’s fire — and it could have been a lot worse than that.

Ray Legere, a co-owner of Legere Restorations who was inspecting damage at the church on Saturday, said the red-bricked landmark could have been minutes away from sustaining major structural damage — or worse.

Flames were about 10 feet high in the sanctuary, but never ...

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