Clean Up Begins For St. George Church

(CLIFTON, OH) -- It's hard to forget the pictures. And some say it's just as hard to forget the building that burned.

Firefighters are trying to figure out what caused this three-alarm blaze that burned the steeples of the old St. George Church.

As FOX19's Derek Scott reports, as workers clean up, neighbors continue paying their respects.

The pictures might say a thousand words -- but they don't tell the whole story. For even when they figure out how it happened, it still won't turn back the clock.

So as workers try to salvage what they can, some just want to salvage one last memory.

"Ever since I was little, I can remember coming up here, seeing the steeples," said Virginia Worthington, who grew up just down the street from the Old St. George Church.

On Friday, the steeples she saw standing as a child burned in a three-alarm blaze.

"I kind of feel like I'm losing my neighborhood that I grew up in," she said.

Now, she can't take her eyes off what's become of her 135-year-old neighbor.

"It's really sad, especially considering that the rest of the community has kind of changed so much in the past couple of years. We've seen everything taken out of here, and then, to see this happen on the same stretch of road, the same area - it's just sad," said Worthington.

John Meyer's not the only one shooting snapshot of the Old St. George's steeples. FOX19 cameras saw a firefighter take out his cellphone camera to take a picture, and Meyer says the caption, and the message, are obvious.

"Appreciate it while you've got it," said Meyer.

While Worthington says she doesn't want the story to end like this, or these pictures to be her last memory.

"I just hope that they can come up with enough money to kind of do something with it," she said.

The street in front of the old St. George is now back open. It had been closed since Friday.

And so far, there's no report on cause.