Church Incident Update

ERUCC Update- Friday, February 2, 2018

ERUCC Update: 
Sanctuary Cleanup Continues Following Fire Near Stained Glass Window

Since the event on Monday where a welding spark ignited the wood frame around a stained glass window in the church sanctuary, cleanup work continues.

Paul Davis Restoration company has been working each day to identify and begin the smoke and soot mitigation work. It is evident just how easily smoke and soot can permeate every surface and space.

Work has included, removing the pew cushions for cleaning, wiping off reachable surfaces, wiping off hymnals and Bibles for storage, removal of altar cloths and other fabric items for dry cleaning and then the process to request estimates for additional services.

Several companies are scheduled and/or have been on site to provide estimates for cleaning and repairs to the stained glass window and wood, painting, the organ and carpet. We are sensitive regarding the organ, stained glass window and piano that deliberate care and expertise be utilized to resolve the repair.

During a meeting this morning, the estimate from the contractor, insurance company representatives and trade representatives is concluding that the cleanup and repair process will take 4 weeks in the sanctuary. This does not include the time to remove, repair and replace the stained glass window. This could take much more time. We would also have that window area boarded up once the window is professionally removed for repair.

We will continue to keep you apprised of the ongoing efforts and work being performed. We must remain sensitive to the affects that the lingering smoke and soot can cause individuals with respiratory illnesses such as asthma and other conditions. Use of the church basement areas will continue to be monitored and announcements will be provided to groups using those spaces.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


A reminder that 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday, February 4 will be in the Great Hall at All Saints Episcopal Church at 106 W. Church Street



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