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Fire at Former St. Bridget School and Rectory

March 19th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

A few days ago, the former St. Bridget rectory and school experienced a severe fire. The following is part of an account from the Democrat and Chronicle. Click here to read the entire article and view photos and video of the scene.

“Firefighters were called to 120 St. Bridget Drive about 6:30 a.m. after a fire was reported in the former St. Bridget Church rectory and grammar school. Since 1981, the building has housed the Greater Bethesda Church of God in Christ, said parish leader Bishop Ronald Hoston.

It took 65 minutes to control the fire, said Deputy Chief Bill Curran of the Rochester Fire Department. No injuries were reported, but the building is not habitable, he said.

“We’ll take this one step at a time, but we’re all optimistic that we’ll get through this,” Hoston said. The 200-member parish will temporarily hold Sunday services at 10 a.m. in a spare room at the church’s child development center, 1065 N. Clinton Ave.

“We’re also talking with insurance adjustors today about repairing the building,” he said. “We just don’t know yet.”The damaged building, which dates back to the 1850s, is just east of St. Paul Street in the Upper Falls neighborhood. St. Bridget parishioners left the neighboring church in 1997.”

St. Bridget’s second home in the former St. Theresa building closed last year. The community has since merged with Immaculate Conception church, where they now worship.

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