Church roof fire won’t affect Sunday services, pastor says
By Bill Vidonic
Published: Friday, June 22, 2012, 12:36 p.m.
Updated: Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Services at the Carnegie United Methodist Church will go on as scheduled, even though a fire damaged the church roof on June 22, a church pastor said.
The Allegheny County fire marshal had not determined the cause of the smoky blaze, the Rev. Erwin Kerr said.
Firefighters extinguished the fire, reported about 12:15 p.m., within 45 minutes. No one was injured.
A representative of Iron City Roofing in Pittsburgh, who did not give his name, told church trustee Dick Pyle that workers had been making minor repairs on the roof and left the church on Washington Avenue about 11 a.m. when rain began to fall.
The worker said that the company was not using torches and that the only open flame near the roof may have been a cigarette lighter.
Firefighters said the interior of the 120-year-old church did not appear to be badly damaged. They found some smoke and water damage in the attic.
Kerr said the fire damaged a bathroom under the portion of the roof that burned but spared the rest of the church.
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