Church renovations completed following fire

Nearly five years after flames tore through a Bronx church, dozens of renovations have been completed to restore and improve the house of worship.



Fire officials called it a suspicious fire that destroyed the entire lobby of Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Church in March of 2010.



The damage from the fire forced the Catholic church, popularly referred to as the "Cathedral of the Bronx," to move services to the church's school gym for more than a year.



Since then, the church has installed new wheelchair-accessible pews and surveillance cameras.



Hymns and homilies are in tune with a new computerized pipe organ that was purchased after the old one was damaged by smoke.



Many longtime parishioners tell News 12 that the fire was an unfortunate incident that tested their faith, but ultimately made it stronger by bringing the congregation together.


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