Looks like Mother Nature is to blame in a Guelph church fire.
Guelph Fire crews were called out to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at Norfolk and Suffolk Streets at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Witnesses said they heard a loud bang and within minutes firefighters had surrounded the building.
Guelph Fire officials say a metal rooster on top of the church’s steeple appeared to have been struck by lightning before falling to the lawn below.
“There was a significant weather event that went through here prior to (the fire), so we will be looking into it,” said Chief John Osborne.
Crews focused their attention to a charred hole at the top of the steeple where the metal rooster was once stood.
“We wanted to overwhelm the fire as best we could,” Osborne said. “Churches are old, there’s a lot of dry timber and combustibles inside.”
No one was hurt and the amount of water and fire damage is unknown at this point.
Church official said the building was just about to turn 190-years-old.
Church, 190 years old, likely struck by lightning. Top of steeple charred. Metal rooster smouldering on grass below. pic.twitter.com/BvNnjBFGTW— CJOYMagicNews (@CJOYMagicNews) August 22, 2017
JUST IN: Fire crews on scene at St Andrew's Church at Suffolk and Norfolk in Guelph. Roads closed. pic.twitter.com/Y5avBiRDXE— CJOYMagicNews (@CJOYMagicNews) August 22, 2017