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Landmark Church Fire

Fire at The Cathedral Church of St John the Divine

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The Loss

When a fire started in an art storage crypt of the Largest Cathedral in the World on Palm Sunday, we know we were faced with a unique project.

Cleaning this massive building with 135’ ceilings and damage to every surface was quite the task while keeping the Cathedral open for worship. Global visitors and events added levels of complex coordination we rarely experience. The goal was partial open by Easter Sunday. With an army of cleaning crews, we scoured the first 10’ of the sanctuary. We got them open by Good Friday. After that we built one of the largest indoor scaffold systems in the country. For the next 8 months, we hand cleaned every inch of the church including the stained glass windows using specialized aerial lifts to reach all surfaces.

Coordination amongst the insurance carrier, Cathedral staff, consultants and our team proved to be the key to a successful outcome. That outcome was St. John’s was able to open for the community and for Christmas.


The Restoration
Content Cleaning
Fire, smoke & soot restoration
HEPA vacuuming
HVAC air duct cleaning
Odor removal
Structural cleaning
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“I always admire your work ethic and follow up. I know I’m not your only customer, but you’ve done a great job making me feel like I am.” —NE Regional Director, Newmark Group
“Extremely pleased with the professionalism of Maxons.” —Claims Representative, J.W. Hirschfeld Agency
“Thank you for the professional efficiency of your organization in regard to the emergency clean up necessary following the fire on the 51st floor. Once again, you have not let us down.” —VP/Director of Operations Empire State Building
“Your men were great! They were here right after the fire setting up to clean our whole building. Very professional and through. I would recommend your service without hesitation.” —Building Manager, 19 East 72nd Street
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