Damaged clock tower to come down Monday

A loose gutter led to the clock tower fire at the Family Church of Fredonia.

It appears the clock tower at the Family Church site in Fredonia will be coming down on Monday.

Village police chief Brad Meyers noted in an advisory to area media this morning that Temple Street from Church Street to Lambert Street will be closed Monday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to allow for the demolition of the clock tower on the church.

Family Church officials noted earlier this month work on the building after the early May fire was progressing.

Scott Wise, associate pastor, stated that the first phase is completed. The church is now working with an architect and engineer to design a plan of action to take down the clock and tower, without damaging the building. Once that is finished they can begin rebuilding.

“(The) exterior is good and there has been no damage to the stained glass, however the church will need a new roof as well as two-thirds of the interior roof structure, such as the cross beams and supports replaced,” Wise said earlier this month. “The original 1853 portion has been completely gutted.” The clock that sits in the burned out steeple is going through its own insurance claim as it was originally intended for Village Hall and belongs to them.

Wise mentioned that the church will be erecting another steeple and are giving heavy thought to a new clock which will belong to the them instead.

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