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Fire hits well-known church in Scranton

It broke out just before 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ann's Basilica.

SCRANTON, Pa. — A small fire caused some minor damage Wednesday morning at St. Ann's Basilica in Scranton.

The fire started just before 7:30 a.m. in a closet. We're told workers there have been doing staining work, and that rags they were using spontaneously combusted in the closet, either from heat or a chemical reaction.

Smoke alarms went off, but firefighters were there and had the flames out in minutes.

The basilica also announced that it will resume daily services beginning June 10. Parishioners must wear masks, and pews have been marked to follow social distancing guidelines.

The basilica also plans to hold its annual novena to St. Ann next month. The nine-day pilgrimage runs from July 17 through July 26.

Only a limited number of people will be allowed inside. People can also stay in their vehicles in the parking lot and hear services through the PA system or use the outdoor seating.

The church will also be sanitized after each service during the novena in Scranton.

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