A deteriorating historic Toledo church is demolished

TOLEDO (WTVG) - After neighbors complained about safety for nearly a year regarding a crumbling E. Toledo church it is finally demolished.

Bricks from Calvary Bible Pentecostal Holliness Church were falling from the church and then on Monday it partially collapsed.

Paul Rasmusson the Director of the Department of Public Service said asbestos was found at the site. That made it a health hazard and it was already declared a safety emergency.

Rasmusson said Lucas County doesn't have equipment big enough to demolish a structure that big. The city had to contract an company out of Archbold to tear it down.

Before it was smashed to rubble, a woman who attended Calvary Bible years ago took home a keepsake. Connie MacVay said she attended the church when it was called Second Congregational Church.

"Some gentleman brought me a brick from the east auditorium because they wouldn't let me go up there," said MacVay.

Rasmusson said the city will take over the property and transform it.