Perrysburg church regroups after lightning fire

Maumee and Perrysburg firefighters worked to put out the blaze at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Nearly $200,000 in damages were left behind after a lightning fire at St. Rose Catholic Church on Tuesday.

Lightning struck the steeple and started the blaze around 10:30 a.m. The church's copper-plated wooden cross fell to the ground and the sanctuary was damaged by water.

The church, located on East Front Street, was founded in 1862 and has more than 8,000 parishioners. No one was injured in the incident.

"We are proud of our historic church building, but it is not our parish. Our people are our parish, and we are truly blessed," pastor Msgr. Marv Borger wrote on the church's website.

Holy Week Masses will still be held in the church for now, but the building will need more inspection before the staff can confirm the location. Updates can be found on