Road closure around Hope City Church

The potential for falling debris at the Hope City Church in Duluth has forced the City to close a portion of East 5th Street for safety concerns.

The closure will remain in place until further notice, from the intersection of 3rd Avenue East to approximately 224 East 5th Street.

One of the church’s two steeples was struck by lightning on Saturday, August 28th. The steeple was reduced to its frame, and the City and Fire Department are concerned that more pieces could fall.

"Due to the instability of the structure, the City is closing off the street for public safety reasons," Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj said. "We have been in contact with Pastor Mark, and the church will be further evaluating the structure tomorrow."

Again, this portion of the street will be closed to all traffic until further notice.