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Demolition now underway after fatal crash at Roseville United Brethren Church (6 photos)

A 62-year-old woman was pronounced dead, after her SUV left the road and struck the church Friday December 8, 2017

Demolition has begun at Roseville United Brethren Church after a fatal crash caused severe damage to the over 130-year-old building.

A 62-year-old Kitchener woman was pronounced dead, after her SUV left the road and struck the church Friday December 8, 2017.

About a week after the crash, Pastor Randy Magnus found out the church needed to be torn down due to the damage.

The 62-year-old woman had no connection to the church, but shortly the collision, her family members urged people wishing to make a contribution in her name to donate to the Roseville United Brethren Church.

Since the crash, the congregation has been gathering in the basement of a newer part of the same building that was undamaged.

The demolition permit was issued on Friday. Magnus says they salvaged as much as they could from the old building, including stained glass windows that will be installed in the new development.

"It's a relief because we've been waiting a long time," says Magnus. "It's also really exciting to see that we're able to get going on the project finally."

Turning a tragic situation into something positive, Magnus says they are using money from their insurance provider to grow. "The congregation decided we wanted to expand our facility and make room for more people to come worship here." 

Around 25 parishioners gathered at the church on Saturday to begin the demolition. Once the demolition is complete and construction begins, the church will temporarily move to the Roseville Community Centre.

Magnus tells 570 NEWS the new building is expected to open by February 2020.


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