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One year ago: Milwaukee's Trinity Lutheran Church goes up in flames

Posted at 5:37 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 16:08:31-04

On May 15, 2018, Milwaukee’s Trinity Lutheran Church went up in flames. One year later, there are signs of recovery and hope as parishioners remember the devastating fire.

Reverend HunterHofmann, pastor emeritus and now the construction liaison, will never forget that day.

"I was numb, I saw the fire jump from the scaffold to the roof. I sorta just watched it,” Hofmann said.

Ron Yancey has been a Trinity member for 70 years.

“When I saw the fire, I almost collapsed,” Yancy said.

Yancy now helps to oversee the restoration process.

“Ii live it daily and I feel we are making progress,” Yancy said.

Reverend Hofmann believes that the congregation and building will now be stronger after the fire.

“It has really pulled the congregation together. The congregation is really the people and not the building,” Hofmann said.

The plan is to have the roof finished by the end of summer so they can start restoring the inside.

The full rebuild is expected to take another three years.