By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HOOVERSVILLE, Pa. (KDKA) – A single spark sometime before 8:30 Friday morning would be the beginning of the end for the fellowship hall at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Hooversville, Somerset County.READ MORE: Family Says Child With Special Needs Was Found Wandering Along Busy Road After Not Being Dropped Off At Home After School
The Boswell Fire Department shared photos on Facebook Friday morning of bright flames shooting out of the roof and black smoke billowing around the church.
“We had heavy smoke showing, it was blowing out the eaves of the roof with heavy smoke and progressed from there and worked across the roof,” said Hooversville Assistant Fire Chief Chad Maurer.
With each passing moment as the flames got higher, it seemed another fire department arrived on scene, one by one, trying to help in a desperate situation.READ MORE: Carnegie Science Center Teams With Pittsburgh Penguins To Inspire Young Fans Through Science
The fellowship hall and rectory are total losses.
As the flames slowly crept toward the untouched sanctuary, firefighters took to the roof to cut vents. It worked, saving that scared space.
“The biggest challenge we had was water issues and the cold temperatures. It was in the roof. We were trying to save the church as much as possible. We did, there’s minimal damage to the church,” said Maurer.MORE NEWS: Developers Hope To Turn Former East Vandergrift Elementary School Into Affordable Senior Housing
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Two firefighters were injured and treated at the scene.