#BreakingNews Beautiful Historic Church in Scotland Destroyed by Fire Just Days after Attack on Priest - VIDEO
The Archdiocese of Glasgow, Scotland released a statement about a fire that destroyed a historic Catholic church on July 28th. (See Video below) This fire occurs just 2 days after a violent attack on a Catholic priest in the Cathedral of Edinburgh.
St Simon's church in Partick, has been largely destroyed by fire. Thank God no casualties, but a devastating incident for a much loved parish church and spiritual home to Glasgow's Polish community.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Glasgow said: “The destruction of St Simon’s church by fire will be a blow to people far beyond the west end of Glasgow. Though small in size, St Simon’s was well-frequented and was the spiritual home of the Polish community in the west of Scotland who had established a shrine there.
Dozens of homes in the West End of Glasgow have been evacuated this morning - as firefighters tackle a huge blaze in a church in Partick.— Heart Scotland News (@HeartScotNews) July 28, 2021
More than 30 have been sent to help- We don't know if anyone's been hurt. #HeartNews (VID: @amieeeef)pic.twitter.com/unR1wA2ovm
“It was also a focal point for the local community, and especially the homeless who benefited from a café on site which had to be suspended during the pandemic.
“The church of St Simon’s is linked to the larger parish of St Peter’s in Partick and worshippers will be accommodated there.
“The cause of the blaze is not immediately apparent, but we will work with the Fire Service as they investigate the site.
“St Simon’s was a much-loved landmark at Partick Cross and its loss is a heavy blow.”
St Simon’s was a B listed church built in 1858. After temporary closure due to lockdown restrictions it has been operating in recent weeks with daily services, and Masses for the Polish community on Sundays.