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Fire destroys Hobart Salesian college chapel

A fire at the weekend destroyed Hobart's Dominic College chapel with damage estimated to be up to $1 million.

A priest living at the Salesian school noticed the fire at about 1.45am yesterday.

Tasmanian Fire Srvice investigator Shane Batt said last night the cause was still under investigation.

Because of the blaze's intensity, firefighters were unable to enter the chapel and concentrated on protecting nearby school buildings.

The principal, Fr Phil Gleeson, flew back from Melbourne yesterday after being told of the fire.

"It [the chapel] was the heart of the college community," a spokesperson said yesterday. "Lots of former students were married in the chapel, and there were baptisms and funerals."

The building until recent years had been used as a parish church.

A teacher at the college for 30 years, Graham O'Keefe, said the school opened in 1953 and the chapel in 1957.

The Mercury

Investigation underway into Hobart chapel blaze (ABC)
Dominic College

26 May 2003