A little before 9 a.m. mass, the church was full of people for New Year's Day Mass. On the other side of the rectory are apartments and office buildings. Across the street, Wells Fargo bank and on the 6th street side County and private offices.
When Deacon Frank Weber went to check on Fr. Eric a few minutes after 9 a.m., he was in the rectory where the lit cigar was next to a gas burner.