HARRISVILLE, W.Va. – In the early morning hours of Oct. 2, thick smoke was reported as reaching as far as the historic district of Harrisville due to a large blaze at the Christ Our Hope Catholic Church on the corner of Main Street and Pullman Avenue.
According to Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bub Hardbarger, crews were dispatched around 2:39 a.m. to respond to the blaze. In addition to Harrisville VFD, crews from Ellenboro, Pennsboro, and Greenwood helped kill the flames. Crews were on site until roughly 9 a.m. The Ritchie County Ambulance Authority was also on scene, though no injuries were reported.
Hardbarger noted the church is "pretty much a total loss" and the cause of the fire is still unknown. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal is actively investigating.
In a Facebook post, Mark Brennan, bishop of the Diocese Wheeling-Charleston said, "I ask those in the community and the faithful throughout the state to join us in prayer for the Catholic community of Christ Our Hope Parish."
Updates will be provided when they become available.