Church in Viola severely damaged by fire

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A viewer submitted photo shows St. John’s Catholic Church in Viola, Illinois, on fire in the early morning of May 27, 2021.

UPDATE: A 12-year-old boy has been charged with arson in connection to the church fire.

Details are here.


St. John’s Catholic Church located at 1101 21st Avenue in Viola caught fire early Thursday morning.

Viewer Randy Hale of Alexis sent photos and video of the fire to Local 4 News. He was traveling to work when he noticed the fire. He stopped to notify the fire department, but another man already called it in.

There is no additional information at this time, but a Local 4 reporter has been sent to the scene.

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