BY LAUREN RAMSEYER
Progress is being made with repairs and reconstruction of St. Peter Church in Steubenville after the fire last semester.
During the night of Oct. 13, 2013, an electrical fire began in the kitchen. The personnel of the Steubenville Fire Department were able to contain the fire in the kitchen preventing further damage, but smoke flooded the entire basement and upper church.
A section on the north side of the church, near the Sacred Heart statue, has been sectioned off due to the scaffolding, but the church is still continuing to offer the sacraments per normal.
“A test cleaning was to be done on Jan. 8 as a prelude to the formal cleaning of the church proper,” said the St. Peter Church Parish Council in the bulletin. “Once that is analyzed, and the upgrade of the electrical service is conducted, we will have a better understanding of what will be needed to restore St. Peter.”
A restoration committee for St. Peter Church is being created and more information will be released to the public as it becomes available.
Much progress has been made on the reconstruction of the church’s kitchen, and that section of the restoration is expected to be completed in the next two weeks, according to the church bulletin.
The Council urged all for prayers and support as the parish moves forward in the continuation of the renovations of the church building.