An accidental electrical fire on Ash Wednesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church – the oldest church in Colorado – caused an estimated $500,000 in damage. It also left smoke damage above a portrait of the Virgin Mary that many parishioners feel looks like a crown. Father Sergio Robles says many in the congregation believe it’s a miracle and have asked him to leave it as is. So far he’s agreed to let it remain at least while the rest of the church is being repaired. Oddly, this isn’t the first time the 162-year-old church caught fire. It was on Ash Wednesday 90 years that an electrical fire caused enough damage that parishioners had to rebuild a large portion of the church. Cue the spooky organ music.
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