Some significant damage did occur at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, which is down the street from the Cannon building at C and 2nd streets SE and has been there since the 1890s. A large cross that sat across the façade of the building split in half and fell to the ground, Rev. William Byrne said.
“Part of it crashed on the steps. The other part fell backwards and put a gaping hole in the roof,” he said. “Someone would have been killed if they had been underneath it.”
The cross knocked chunks of stone off of the church’s exterior and two chimneys atop the building were seriously damages as well.
The hole in the roof comes at a bad time, Byrne noted, as the East Coast is expecting to be hit by Hurricane Irene this weekend.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.