St. Matthew’s Church in North Royalton heavily damaged by fire

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — Fire officials are investigating the cause of a blaze that ripped through Saint Matthew the Evangelist Church in North Royalton Saturday morning.

It happened at around 9 a.m. at the church on Albion Road, when someone inside called to report the fire.

North Royalton Fire Chief Robert Chegan says firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the church.  The blaze was knocked down quickly and under control within 30 min, Chegan said.

Crews from Strongsville, Parma, Broadview Heights, and Seven Hills came to assist North Royalton fire.

No one was hurt, but the building sustained significant damage. Father Andrew Harman tells Fox 8 that while the interior damage was extensive, the basic structure of the church wasn’t ruined.

He says that it will most likely be months before they can hold services in the church again. In the meantime, on Sunday November 12, they will hold services at St. George Orthodox Church, 2587 W. 14th Street in Cleveland.

Officials are still investigating the cause.

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