By Chris Basinger
Petersburg Pilot 

Fire destroys most of Catholic church in Petersburg


Chris Basinger/Petersburg Pilot

Firefighters spray water onto the roof of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Petersburg on July 6. Much of the building was destroyed.

A fire has left Petersburg's St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in ruins.

No serious injuries were reported and the fire did not spread to any surrounding buildings, though smoke from the Thursday, July 6, blaze caused the Petersburg Medical Center and multiple businesses downtown to close.

According to parish priest Father Jose Thomas, a few people were attending a prayer service in the chapel when they heard glass shattering and were alerted to smoke coming from the office.

"We did not take anything (from the chapel), just the Eucharist ... the body of Christ, I just took that one, b...

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