Fire causes ‘significant’ damage inside St. Matthew’s Cathedral

Photo via Facebook of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

A fire early Wednesday at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in East Dallas caused “significant” damage to the interior, but the building is structurally sound.

Dallas Fire-Rescue’s public information officer said just before 3 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters responded to a 911 call for a fire on campus. They were able to extinguish the fire less than an hour after their arrival. A firefighter was taken to hospital after “sustaining an undisclosed injury”, and the cause is undetermined.

Rob Price, the dean of the cathedral, said the fire hit Garrett Hall and seven trucks were eventually on the scene. Smoke damaged the hall’s hearth, but fire doors prevented smoke from damaging the central portion of the sanctuary and contained the fire at Garrett Hall.

“As painful and sad as the aftermath of the fire was for me, there is much to be grateful for,” Price said in a Facebook post.

Services will continue as scheduled this Sunday, Price said.

St. Matthew’s Cathedral is located at 5100 Ross Avenue. She sold about 4 acres from its campus along Garrett and Henderson Avenues to Trammell Crow Residential in September 2021. The developer is building an apartment development, Alexan Cathedral Arts.

“We are increasingly reminded that the church is a people, not a place, and that when we are faithful to one another in love and service, especially in times of pain and sorrow, we let us reflect God’s faithfulness in Jesus Messiah to the world,” Price said.


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Betty K. Park