Church gets big fan to deal with heat

July 30, 2008 7:07:46 AM PDT
A Brooklyn Catholic church that gets so hot in the summer that parishioners go elsewhere for worship is getting some deliverance from the heat in the form of a 24-foot industrial fan.The only hitch is the unholy name of the company that makes the machine: Big Ass Fans Co.

About 300 parishioners of the century-old Our Lady of Refuge Church in Flatbush raised $7,500 to pay for the gigantic fan. Their names will be commemorated on its 10 stainless steel blades.

Parishioners hope the fan - whatever the name of the manufacturer - will help bring down temperatures in the house of worship that sometimes reach into the 90s.

A spokesman for the Lexington, Ky.-based fan company says they have installed their machines in about 50 churches.

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