As Duty Officer for the Catering
Units on Sunday night, I received a call at 2345 to the above address.
Control advised me that this was a serious fire and parts of the building
had already collapsed.
I was deeply shocked and saddened as this was the church where I began my Ordained Ministry in 1989, and where I conducted my first Christening, first Wedding, first Funeral and most importantly
for me where I celebrated Mass for the very first time. It is a Church I have returned to many times since. By the time I arrived the building was already destroyed. The first picture, kindly donated
to me, shows just how intense the fire was. The building was 100% involved in fire and there was nothing that the fire-fighters could do to save it.
I am very grateful to the Officer in Charge who very kindly made arrangements for me to be taken around the perimeter of the Church, where I took the next selection of photographs between 0330 and 0345.
The remaining photographs were taken mid-morning on Monday 13 February and again my thanks to the F&RS for the help I received.
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