‘The church is on fire:’ Officials release 911 calls tied to 4-alarm blaze at Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office released 911 audio on Wednesday, May 23 connected to the massive fire at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The fire broke out on Tuesday, May 15 and caused an estimated $17 million in damage — $13 million to the building itself and another $4 million to the contents within the building.

One of the first calls to come in was from a captain with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office — who called from the county jail just up the road.

Listen to the 911 calls — click the audio players below:

Officials have indicatedĀ the fire started on the roof — which was under construction at the time. There are reports heating tools caused the fire, but Milwaukee Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing indicated the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Fire at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Milwaukee

Church leaders have said they plan onĀ rebuilding at 9th and Highland one way or another. Meanwhile, services will be held at St. James Church on Wisconsin Avenue for the next six weeks.