A church building used for 128 years by worshipers in Port Colborne, Ontario is a total loss following a devastating fire Tuesday. The building of Grace United Brethren Church was built in 1897. The fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. and the structure lay in ashes by sunrise the same morning.
Brian Magnus, Bishop of the United Brethren Church in Canada, said in a Facebook Post, “The front half (sanctuary, lobby and basement) are down to the basement foundation walls. The back half is also burned, and smoke-and-water filled, and will need to be torn down to the concrete slab.”
The loss is believed to be more than $1.5 million. A website has been set up for those wishing to help the congregation rebuild.
The Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating.