This morning at 3:30am our church caught fire.
Karen Carter, a friend of ours who lives behind the building located on Brayton Drive, was having a slumber party at her house when she noticed the flames coming from the chapel area of the building and called the fire department then called church leaders. It's been burning ever since.
I'm hearing that the building is a total loss, the roof is destroyed and the fire department is just waiting for it to cave in, flames are still coming from the top. I still smell like smoke even from the short time I spent at the scene.
Four congregations currently meet in that building and church leaders are already trying to find schools and other places for us to meet in until it can be rebuilt. I've been told I'll be able to get in and collect my activity supplies before they secure the building for good some time this evening. All eight congregations--four that meet in our building and four from another building--are going to meet at the building located on Strawberry Road next week for only 70 minutes each rather than our full three-hour Sunday schedule to make room for everyone. Church headquarters is sending up a facilities rep to deal with the issues that will be coming. Luckily the wind has been blowing the right direction so the temple across the parking lot to the south is safe.
The irony is, when the building was built in 1977 and ready for occupancy--even the pianos were moved in--it caught fire and burned. What are the odds of two fires in the same building? With so many church members using the Brayton building there is a new building being built in the Klatt area. We were already bursting at the seams, getting that new building finished will be more important than ever now.
I was baptized in that building and have gone to church there since I was five. Things aren't going to be the same.
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