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Fire Destroys Church After Suspected Lightning Strike

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Fire Destroys Church After Suspected Lightning Strike

CREATED Jun 5, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A south Nashville church was destroyed by fire after it was believed to have been struck by lightning for the second time in two years.

The fire broke out around 1:45 a.m. Thursday at the Trinity Church of the Nazarene on Vultee Boulevard. A man said he was woken up by a loud noise, and went outside to find the church in flames.

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Firefighters quickly arrived, and began dousing the flames with water. One firefighter was taken to the hospital after tripping over some lines, but he was not seriously injured.

It was believed the lightning strike started the fire, but that remained under investigation. Firefighters remained on scene for hours spraying the building with hoses.

The building suffered serious damage, but the pastor of the church told NewsChannel 5 that they plan to rebuild.

“Well it’s devastating, but again it is a building. The church is made of the people-- caring and loving for another, loving for the community,” said pastor Mike Proctor. ”We’ll bear witness to the kingdom of God. And you know, it is a building; we’ll recover.”

Plans for Sunday's services were not immediately known.

If lightning is confirmed as the cause of the fire, it will be the second time in two years that the church has been struck. The first one happened in July 2012 when the steeple of the church was struck, causing it to fall into the parking lot. The building suffered water damage in that incident.