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May 29, 2017

Electrical Fire in the Chapel—Update

Sunday’s electrical fire in the insulation above the Chapel ceiling cause minimal damage from the fire itself. While we were very fortunate that the prompt arrival of the fire services allowed for quick discovery of the smoldering light fixture and the use of minimal water, there is, however, significant damage from gaining access to the hot spot. The ceiling in the front of the Chapel above the organ needed to be pulled down and an access hole was cut through the roof from above.

PaulDavis, a recognized leader in clean‐up and restorations following fire and water disasters, responded before the fire services left the premises. They made temporary repairs to the roof of the Chapel and did initial clean‐up to the office area and hallways adjacent to the Chapel. The church’s insurance company responded by phone on Sunday afternoon and will inspect the damage on Thursday.

The Chapel will be out of commission for quite some time as the scope of repairs is determined.

Due to concerns about possible harmful substances in the Chapel itself and throughout the entire structure, there should be NO ENTRY into the church building on either Monday, May 29 or Tuesday, May 30. Determination of access to parts of the building after Tuesday will depend on testing to be performed as soon as possible. Further notice will be posted on CaringBridge and on the LCOB website and social media pages.

To visit CaringBridge click here.

The CaringBridge site may be reached by clicking on the link or by going to CaringBridge and entering — LCOB  Chapel