PVFD recognized by assembly for Catholic Church fire response


Chris Basinger / Petersburg Pilot

Aaron Hankins, backed by Nick Espeseth, cuts into the roof of the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church during the fire.

The Petersburg Borough Assembly recognized Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department staff and volunteers during its meeting on Monday for their efforts to fight the fire that ravaged the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church on July 6.

The fire, which was ruled an accident and was the result of maintenance work, raged for 10 hours, covering Petersburg in smoke and warranting response efforts from the PVFD, EMS, Search and Rescue, the Petersburg Police Department, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Forest Service, and other volunteers.

"It was a pretty interesting example about how we pull together...

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