Muleshoe Catholic Church regroups, acknowledging no injuries in Sunday blaze
Rosie Cabrera said she was grateful for a miracle that she and other members of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Muleshoe witnessed on Sunday morning.
Morning mass was about to begin around 8 a.m. on Sunday when flames quickly began to spread through the attic of the choir at Muleshoe Catholic Church, over 60 years old.
Cabrera, the president of the parish, estimated that there were around 200 people in the church at the time.
She praised the composure of Rev. Heriberto Mercado for quickly and safely introducing his flock, which was preparing to celebrate the services marking the third week of Advent and the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
âEven though we were all there to prepare and the fire started to spread, everyone came out unharmed – no one was hurt,â Cabrera said.
Crews from the Muleshoe Volunteer Fire Department and other first responders quickly put out the blaze, with no injuries reported, according to a social media post by the fire department.
At noon on Sunday, even as the smell of smoke lingered in the air, the congregation had once again gathered for an impromptu outdoor mass in their area of ââJamaica.
âWe were still able to celebrate our service,â said Cabrera.
While it was not clear on Monday what started the fire or how exactly the church will continue to hold all of its worship services and other activities for the near future, Cabrera said she and other members of the the church is grateful that the damage was not worse and that no one was injured.
Still, the damage was significant, with smoke and fire damage throughout the structure. Part of the church’s stained glass window was damaged during the fire containment process, and much of the choir attic suffered heavy damage.
The parish hopes to hold fundraisers online – and possibly in person – in the near future, she said, with more details to be announced.
They are tentatively planning to hold a mass this Sunday in the communion hall of the church, but there will be no daily mass until further notice.