A church that dates back to Iowa’s earliest settlers was heavily damaged by a fire early this morning.  Authorities believe lightning may have sparked the fire at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg. 

The church’s history dates back to the 1850s when 60 familes requested a Catholic church and by 1861 framing of the church building began.  The church was dedicated in 1865.  

Officials say someone called at about 2:30 this morning to report flames were coming out of the church’s steeple.  Eight fire departments from the Dubuque County area fought the blaze.