PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia church is asking for donations after it caught fire during a lightning strike on Monday. The lightning bolt hit the steeple of Grace Episcopal Church at Edgemont and East Venango Streets in the city’s Port Richmond neighborhood.
Local fire crews responded almost immediately. They say nobody was hurt.READ MORE: Person Of Interest In Custody Following Stabbing That Left Woman Dead In West Philadelphia, Police Say
Most of the damage was to the steeple, the pulpit was spared.READ MORE: Phillies Honoring 1980s World Series Championship Team Prior To Sunday's Game Against Nationals
While it is expected to take months to rebuild, the pastor of the church says the altar, baptismal font, and other sacred items are safe.
Mass will still be held on Sunday.MORE NEWS: 2nd Street Festival Bringing Beer Gardens, Food Trucks, And Live Music To Northern Liberties For 1st Time In 2 Years
“Church will be at 9 am this Sunday! Inside the parish hall (if we are able) or outside in the courtyard! Dress comfortably… I know I will be!” Father Brian posted on the church‘s website.