Fire damage in Schenectady church moves mass on Sunday

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Updated: 3/09 3:25 pm

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Crews are working to repair the damage from a fire at St. Anthony's Church in Schenectady, but it will not be ready for mass on the first Sunday of Lent.

The key to repairing the church was to work fast in order to remove water and smoke damage The restoration company said on Saturday that the church can be restored completely but it will take some time.

The fire began in the basement on Friday evening at the church, which is located on 331 Seward Place.

Workers were busy vacuuming up water and removing the carpet after the church sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

Ray Legere, Co-owner of Legere Restorations said his team was working quickly to remove smoke damage that could become acidic and erode materials if not cleaned immediately. However, he says the structural damage is minimal.

"We're going to have it stabilized within a week and then it's up to the parish to decide what they do,  how they want to rebuild and figure out where they want to go from there but right now we just want to preserve the building for their options," said Legere.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, parishioners will be going to St. Johns Church for the time being, which is located just around the corner on Union street. 

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