Roman Catholic Church Officials are counting the loss sustained in a small fire that took place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in St. George’s last Sunday shortly after the weekly Sunday Mass ended.
In what could have been a major disaster for the Diocese-of-St.George’s Grenada, Firemen were able to contain the fire that stated at the Sacristy within quick time.
The affected room, which is used as the vesting area for Clergy and Acolytes (Alter Severs) sustained smoke, soot and fire damages to its ceiling as well as smoke and heat damages to the walls.
The Church also lost several important documents, religious vestments including all of the alter-servers gowns and the Chastibles that are used by the Priests, as well as some other items in the fire.
No one was injured.
An estimate of the damage is yet to be ascertained.
An informed source told THE NEW TODAY newspaper the fire could have started from the incents used during the mass that was not properly distinguished.
The source who does not wish to be identified said the incents holder was placed on top of some documents and that some coals were also placed on top of the instrument.
Incents is normally used by the Roman Catholic Church during the celebration of Holy Mass as a means of purifying the sanitary.