Members of a Dallas church arrived for Saturday morning mass to find their sanctuary damaged by fire, NBC 5 reported.
The fire broke out at about 10 p.m. Friday at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in the 1800 block of West Davis Street in Oak Cliff.
Video: Dallas Church Damaged In 5-Alarm Fire
The fire grew to five-alarms and took firefighters more than three hours to get under control, fire officials said.
St. Cecilia's Catholic Church has more than 5,000 members, and parishioners said they were shocked to learn that a fire had broken out.
The church was built in 1933 and members told NBC 5 that art deco style and religious murals were destroyed and are essentially irreplaceable. Church members gathered in the school gymnasium for prayer and support Saturday morning.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.