Cause of Doylesburg church fire undetermined

September 13, 2011
  • In this photo submitted by Christina Peterson of the Fannett Metal Fire Co., flames and smoke rise into the sky as Our Lady of Refuge Church in Doylesburg, Pa., is destroyed by a fire early Sunday.
Submitted photo

DOYLESBURG, Pa. — The cause of a fire that destroyed Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church will be listed as undetermined, Fire Marshal Jeff Sarver of the Pennsylvania State Police said Tuesday.

Fire ripped through the church, believed to be built in the 1850s, early Sunday.

Sarver said he believes the fire started in the church’s electrical system, but the extent of the damage made it impossible to pinpoint where.

“They were having Mass the night before. They reported the lights were blinking, but they didn’t think anything of it,” Sarver said.

There were no signs of a break-in or anything taken from the church safe, according to Sarver.

“There’s nothing suspicious we’re seeing,” he said.

The roof and all the windows of the 21169 Cross Road church were destroyed in the fire, leaving nothing but charred remains inside.

— Jennifer Fitch

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