Fire destroys most of Catholic church in Petersburg
July 12, 2023
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...