Susquehanna County church torn down after being struck by lightning in August


BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The South Montrose Community Church on Route 29 in Bridgewater Township, Susquehanna County was torn down Tuesday morning.

The church caught fire after officials believe it was struck by lightning in August. The fire spread to the rest of the church, no one was inside at the time.

“I think it is a good thing to see the church coming down, because it is a sign of progress. It is definitely on the agenda to rebuild as soon as possible. We’ve been going since 1974, so we had a lot of memories there. We were pretty active in the church since we had little kids. And when our kids were young, there were, it was a very young church, and we’ve all grown older. So now, it is more of an older church. A lot of the parishioners are older, and their are a few young families and hopefully, there will be more.”

Tom Weller, South Montrose Community Church parishioner

The stained glass windows were removed from the church on September 7 before it was demolished Tuesday. The windows are being kept in storage until the church decides what to do with them.

On September 12, a prospective general contractor said the whole community was coming together to try and help out.

“With winter coming up, it may be tough to get some of the masonry footprint into the ground at this point, but if things go smooth, maybe we can. Otherwise, we’ll start early spring, if all pulls through,” said prospective general contractor Pat Mooney, Mooney Builders.

Parishioners plan to meet Tuesday night to go over future plans for the church.

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