Crane to be used to inspect St. Lawrence University's Chapel seriously damaged by Sunday's blaze, cause of fire possibly electrical
Monday, October 7, 2013 - 6:21 am

CANTON — A crane is expected to be used to inspect damage to St. Lawrence University’s Gunnison Memorial Chapel steeple that was seriously damaged by fire Sunday, but the bells that ring out each day appear intact.

According to fire officials on the scene, the fire may have been have been electrical in origin, but the exact cause has yet to be determined.

Classes, meanwhile, are scheduled to take place as normal, college officials said.

The south entrance to Richardson Hall will be closed but all other entrances will remain open, officials said.

Several services were scheduled Sunday in the Chapel, including a religious service, a regular Sunday service, and a gospel service as part of St. Lawrence’s Family Weekend activities. All services scheduled in the Chapel were canceled, said Joseph Tolliver, vice president and dean of student life.

College officials are working on alternative plans or venues for Chapel events.

Pedestrians traffic will be restricted around the Chapel for safety concerns.

No damage was caused to the windows in the Chapel, officials said.

The campus has contacted its property insurer and will be filing a claim, college officials stated.

The Chapel was first opened in 1926. The bells range in diameter from 18 inches to four feet, the largest of which weighs a ton.

For our earlier report on the fire click here.