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A fire that damaged St. Patrick’s Parish in Watsonville on Monday is believed to have been started by arson, according to the church.
St. Patrick’s Parish told their parishioners that they have video footage showing that the fire was arson.
According to the church, the fire occurred in the wall between the piano and the organ.
“It damaged two stations of the cross, one stained glass window, probably the organ console, and potentially the digital piano,” the church said in its announcement to the public.
In addition to the fire damage, the church has to deal with damage from firefighters who doused the fire. The carpet was removed by Tuesday morning, but the roof will still need to be patched.
The church believes that it’ll take at least two weeks before they can hold indoor services again, with full restoration taking months.
“Daily services will be held in the Serra Center. Weekend services will be held in the gym. Please pray that we have patience and resilience as we suffer this injury together,” the church wrote in their announcement.
The fire was reported just after 10 p.m. According to the Watsonville Fire Department, the fire was put out just before 11 p.m.
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