Fire and Rescue NSW attended a call in Lismore on Thursday evening.
Fire and Rescue NSW attended a call in Lismore on Thursday evening. Trevor Veale

Fire and Rescue teams attend call to Lismore Cathedral

Two trucks from Fire and Rescue attended a fire alarm at St Carthage's Catholic Cathedral in Lismore tonight.

A spokesman for Fire and Rescue NSW confirmed the call was issued at 19.50pm on Thursday.

"The alarm was activated, it's believed, by a candle," he said,

"There was no fire to extinguish by our teams, and the issue is now resolved."

It was an exceptional start to Easter celebrations, after Holy Thursday mass was conducted by Bishop Gregory Homeming from 7pm.

Bishop Homeming will also preside over masses for Good Friday at 3pm, Easter Vigil on Saturday at 7pm and Easter Sunday at 9am, all from St Carthage's Cathedral Lismore.

Catholic masses across the Northern Rivers will go ahead this Easter, while changes will be made so they comply with the NSW Government rules imposed on Wednesday.

Bishop Homeming sent a message on Wednesday to nine parishes to make them aware of the changes: Alstonville, Ballina, Byron Bay, Kingscliff, Lismore Cathedral, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah, South Lismore and Tweed Heads.

The Lismore cathedral was affected by a deliberate fire last September 2020, for which a man has been charged, as part of a week-long crime spree across NSW that month, which involved allegedly setting fire to two churches and stealing money and cars from victims.

Multiple fire crews were called to the cathedral and managed to extinguish the blaze.

The man was later arrested on September 19 in the Lismore CBD after being tasered by police.

The Catholic Diocese of Lismore confirmed the alarm was set off by incense at the end of the mass.

 

>>> Read more: Easter celebrations set to comply with restrictions



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