Fire tears through St. Matthew's Church in North Royalton, repairs expected to take weeks

NORTH ROYALTON - Officials are investigating a fire that tore through Saint Matthew the Evangelist Church in North Royalton Saturday morning.

Father Andrew Harmon said the fire started around 9 a.m., and authorities are investigating what started the blaze.

Smoke and flames damaged rooms throughout the entire building.  Harmon said repairs to the building could take several weeks. In the meantime, arrangements are being made for church services to be held at other locations.

Parishioners are asked to attend the service at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian, 2587 W, 14th Street on Nov. 12 at 10:30 a.m. while crews work to evaluate the damage, Harmon said.

Information on where temporary services will be held can be found on the church's website.

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