Lebanon church destroyed in overnight blaze - WKRN News 2

Lebanon church destroyed in overnight blaze

Posted: Updated: Nov 18, 2012 08:58 PM
LEBANON, Tenn. -

Authorities are investigating after a Lebanon church was destroyed in an overnight fire.

The fire broke out around 11 p.m. Saturday at the Lebanon Church of God on Manier Street.

The Lebanon Fire Department told Nashville's News 2 it took more than two hours to get the blaze under control.

"I mean, we came here around 11 p.m., and it was a tiny fire," said church member Tyson Kelley. "Then, like 30 minutes after, it was just the whole church, really."

Members of the church took to the church's Facebook page to give others hope.

The page had several statuses updating members, including one that stated, "This is just where we have congregated the past 40 years, but the church itself dwells within our heart."

The post continued, "Now is the time that we accept this opportunity to move forward."

Church members gathered near the charred building Sunday.

"It's really a lot of memories," said Deacon Ronnie Kelley. "We've had a lot of people come by, and they started crying but we let them know it's going to be okay."

Lebanon Church of God was first established in 1902.

Church leaders are expected to gather in upcoming days to determine a location for next Sunday's services.

The church does plan to rebuild. The fire remains under investigation.

Additional photos can be seen on the church's Facebook page.

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