• on December 12, 2021

Fire at Blessed Sacrament Warren

 

FOR RELEASE:  Immediate     DATE SENT:  December 12, 2021

SUBJECT:  Fire at Blessed Sacrament, Warren

MORE INFO:  Justin Huyck, Media Relations (330) 744-8451, ext. 320; Mobile: (330) 718-0408

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown and Blessed Sacrament Parish in Warren announce a fire which impacted part of Blessed Sacrament Church overnight. Around 6:00am on December 12, a passerby saw flames inside the Church, and alerted the Warren Fire Department.

The Warren Fire Department immediately responded and extinguished the fire before it could spread beyond the ambo (pulpit and platform area). The ambo area and the liturgical books in that area were completely burnt, but the fire did not spread, though the Church was affected by extensive smoke.

The fire appears to be accidental in origin and is currently under investigation.

This morning, Masses scheduled for Blessed Sacrament Church were cancelled and parishioners were invited to attend St. James Church. The building remains closed at this time while clean-up and restoration work continues. Further details will be forthcoming.

In a video posted on the Diocese of Youngstown’s Social Media, Rev. Christopher Cicero, Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, thanked the Warren Fire Department and the passerby, noting “Thanks be to God, no one was injured. There was no significant damage to the building and so this morning, even though it grieves us, we are thankful to God that this could have been so much worse and it wasn’t.

In the same video, the Most Rev. David J. Bonner said, “Even though the ambo is no longer here, God’s Word lives among us.” Bishop Bonnar thanked parishioners for their adaptability and encouraged them to be “that voice crying out in the wilderness calling people to prepare the Way for the Lord. I know that the faithful at Blessed Sacrament will rise from the ashes because this community is not about bricks and mortar. It’s about a family of believers centered in Jesus Christ.”

VIDEO OF BISHOP BONNAR AND FATHER CICERO discussing the fire can be found on Facebook: https://fb.watch/9RWVc2zEHz/

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