MORTON, Pa. (CBS) — A Virgin Mary statue has now survived two separate church fires.
The Virgin Mary statue was outside the Our Lady of Angels Regional School on the grounds of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church when the massive blaze started. Monsignor John Savinski says that same statue was saved from a fire at another church location in 1987.
That wasn’t the only Virgin Mary statue that survived the fire. Firefighters saved a separate statue from inside the school before flames got to it.
“That is like a blessing. I can’t thank firemen enough that went back in there without thinking, ‘Oh yeah, let me just take a break.’ No, they just said, ‘OK, we’ll go back in for it,'” said former student Justin Wagner.
The graduating class of 2013, which was the first graduating class at the school, raised money to buy and donate that statue that was inside the school.
Our Lady of Angels students will be moving to Cardinal O’Hara High School while the school is being rebuilt. Roughly 400 students from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade attend the school, which was built in the 1950s.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the teachers rebuild after the fire.