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Trinity Students Experience Unforgettable Ash Wednesday

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When Trinity High School students went to bed Sunday night, they expected to wake up Monday to a normal week. Now, they're not sure if they'll ever be back in their building.

It really was eerie. There was no power in the building and debris and burned textbooks were scattered on the floor, but oddly enough some of the pictures on the walls were untouched. And there was extensive smoke and water damage throughout the building.

From the outside, it looks like nothing has changed at Trinity High School.

But inside, nothing's the same.

"It's really hard for me to believe. I feel as if on Monday I'm going to be going back to Trinity and everything will be back to normal. It's not going to be, and Monday will be very, very difficult," says senior Allison Meyer.

While administrators are now allowed back in the building, many teachers haven't seen the damage.

"They're very devastated, this is very emotional. This is not just a workplace, Trinity High School is a family and this is their home," says Monsignor Schumacher.

There's no estimate yet on the financial loss this fire caused, but the real cost is emotional.

"I've had family graduate from Trinity. My Dad did. And growing up, knowing that I would be graduating walking across the same stage they did and now realizing that's not going to happen, it's heartbreaking," says Meyer.

"It was really hard because all the last things you look forward to doing in there, you're not going to be able to anymore," says senior Emily Jilek.

Bishop David Kagan along with Dickinson Catholic Schools says the fire won't stop Trinity from educating its students and staying connected.

"The circumstances of how this came to be is beyond our understanding right now. Our focus is to get back to teaching our kids," says Schumacher.

While the fire destroyed most of the school's lobby, a few things that remained intact were a picture of Pope Francis and a crucifix.

"It takes a lot to break a Titan family. We're Titan strong, and a little fire isn't going to change that," says senior Austin Deichert. "The school might be damaged, but the spirit of the school and the faculty, students, all the people who donate their time to the school are not. They're not going to walk away from this. They're going to get stronger. We're going to get stronger together."

Schumacher says the Trinity community will never forget this Ash Wednesday. But out of the ashes students and faculty will rebuild.

The building is insured for $17 million. Bishop Kagan will tour the school on Friday to asses the damage.

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