SAN JOSE (KRON) — Church officials say they hope to re-build the historic Holy Cross Parish Church that burned Sunday afternoon in San Jose.
By Monday morning, a chain link fence is in place around the church located at East Jackson and 12th Avenue.
Neighbors shot video that showed smoke and flames shooting out the top of the historic sanctuary that was built in 1906.
One priest says the fire sparked just minutes after they had wrapped up Sunday services.
“There was no one inside,” Fr Firmo Montovani said Sunday afternoon. “We had just finished the One O’Clock mass and after I locked the church it was within five minutes that we could see the smoke around the churuch.”
Father Montovani says there were no candles burning or electrical appliances running when he locked the doors.
Firefighters say they will examine the church Monday first to check on its structural integrity then to look for evidence about how the fire started.
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