In Indiana a fire consumed a church last Sunday and destroyed nearly everything, except for a handful of Bibles, which made it out of the inferno unscathed.
According to The Christian Post, it is believed the fire started in the pastor’s office of the Lighthouse Tabernacle Church in Crothersville, then quickly spread through the building. Investigators are still trying to determine how it started.
The flames leaped 10 to 12 feet tall and required as many as 45 fire fighters from six neighboring towns to combat it, reported WLKY. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the fire.
“I can’t say 100 percent but upper 90 percent, the Bibles were never burned,” said Crothersville-Vernon Township Fire Chief Charles Densford. “It’s actually amazing really.”
When a neighbor who lives behind the church awoke around 6 a.m. Sunday, he called Pastor Jerry Miles, who headed to the church along with church member Denver Glenn. By the time they arrived, firefighters were already on the scene.
“The beams are wood in the sanctuary,” Miles told the Seymour Tribune. “I said, ‘Just make sure you tell them once it gets in the sanctuary, don’t go in there. It could collapse at any minute. I don’t want anybody hurt.”
The church was built in 1975. Miles began ministering there in 1981.
"It's heartbreaking on the outside because blood, sweat and tears have been in this. We just went through a remodeling process, and it was beautiful inside, so when you pull up, that overwhelms you," said church member Tracie Kovener.
"But this church was built by the saints back in the 1970s. They built it from the foundation up. There are a lot of memories because I grew up in this church,” she added.
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