Dallas Church Members Say Fire Won’t Stop Worship – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A century-old church in Dallas caught fire on Wednesday, causing extensive damage to the interior.

Garrett Hall is part of Saint Matthew’s Church on Ross Avenue. Despite the interior damage to the hall, church members said services this weekend will be filled with feelings of gratitude.

The boarded-up windows and charred brick of Garrett Hall in Saint Matthew’s Church show evidence of the fire.

Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, a fire broke out on the first floor of the church. All three floors sustained some damage. Members of the Church do not let the damage caused by the fire deter them.

We’re not going to let that define us. We will rise from our ashes and bring this back better than before.

Sr Warden David Pinson, St Matthew’s Church

The room was being renovated into offices and a daycare. Fortunately, many historical documents and objects were stored elsewhere.

Church members credit the fire doors with preventing flames from spreading to other parts of the church and sanctuary. Officials said despite the damage to the interior, the building remains structurally sound.

Cleanup crews are working to remove the heavy soot that covered these areas.

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Members of the Church are also mobilizing to do their part.

“Everyone is stepping up and doing their little bit and everyone is coming together,” said junior director of Saint Matthew’s Church, Janet Schoenecker.

“It’s very heartwarming,” Pinson said. “People just came out of the carpentry saying, ‘What can we do to help? “”

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Thanks to everyone’s efforts, the religious services will not stop.

“Tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with five deacons and their ordination followed by a reception in the great hall,” Pinson said. “It will be a happy time for us to continue.”

Members expect a strong turnout at the Sunday service. They will be members who come together not to mourn the damage, but to give thanks.

“Everyone is very thankful and thankful that we’re still here and it wasn’t as bad as it could have been,” Schoenecker said.

Saint Matthew’s Church was built in 1908. Garrett Hall was added in 1922.

Church officials said a Dallas firefighter suffered “serious but not fatal injuries while battling the blaze.” The current condition of the firefighter is not known. DFR has not confirmed what started the fire.