Glasgow’s 163-year-old St. Simon’s Catholic Church razed by fire overnight

A fire ripped through Glasgow’s St. Simon’s Catholic Church in the early morning hours of Wednesday, leaving the storied house of worship a gutted and smoldering ruin. As reported by The Herald, the fire started just before 3:00 AM and rapidly ripped through the masonry structure, ultimately causing a roof collapse approximately half an hour later.

The gothic-style church was constructed in the West End neighborhood of Partick in 1858 and it is the third oldest within the Archdiocese of Glasgow. It has long served the area’s burgeoning Polish population who began immigrating to the surrounding district following World War II. In a statement, a spokesman for the Archdiocese

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