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Historic Catholic Church Burned to Ruins in Alleged Arson Attack in West Virginia

Historic Catholic Church Burned to Ruins in Alleged Arson Attack in West Virginia

Lee Dean, Facebook / Beaver VFD, Facebook / ChurchPOP

By Jacqueline Burkepile – June 27, 2022

Please pray for the protection of our churches! 🙏⛪🙏

A suspected arson attack completely destroyed St. Colman Catholic Church in Shady Spring, West Virginia on Sun. June 27.

The Beaver Volunteer Fire Department in Raleigh County received a call about a structure fire, but found it “burned to the ground and smoldering” upon arrival.

The 135-year-old little white church registered in the National Register of Historic Places was considered “The Little Catholic Church on Irish Mountain.”

Irish immigrant families settled the church and farmed the land around it starting in the late 1800s. It was the first Roman Catholic Church in Raleigh County, West Virginia.

Here’s some photos of the church below:

Lee Dean, Facebook
Lee Dean, Facebook
Lee Dean, Facebook

Lee Dean, Facebook
Lee Dean, Facebook
Lee Dean, Facebook
Lee Dean, Facebook

Here are photos of the church after the fire:

Beaver VFD, Facebook
Beaver VFD, Facebook
Beaver VFD, Facebook
Beaver VFD, Facebook

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