2-alarm fire destroys church near Nashville airport - WKRN News 2

2-alarm fire destroys church near Nashville airport

Posted: Updated: Jun 05, 2014 06:25 PM
It took over an hour and a half for crews to get the flames under control. It took over an hour and a half for crews to get the flames under control.
Over 50 to 60 firefighters were needed to fight the flames at the Trinity Church of the Nazarene on Vultee Boulevard around 2:30 a.m. Over 50 to 60 firefighters were needed to fight the flames at the Trinity Church of the Nazarene on Vultee Boulevard around 2:30 a.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As they looked at the wreckage of their place of worship Thursday, members of a Nashville church received an outpouring of support from their neighboring community. 

"We have heard from so many people in the area offering help," Trinity Church of the Nazarene Pastor Mike Proctor told News 2. "I just ask them for their prayers." 

Over 50 to 60 firefighters were needed to fight the flames that lit up the sky at his church on Vultee Boulevard near the Nashville International Airport.

The roof of the church was in flames when firefighters arrived from their station, which was just a few blocks from the scene.

Church member Robert Blair was one of those who sadly watched the fire consume what had been part of his life since he was 10-years-old.

"It’s just a building, but it’s still part of us." Blair told News 2 as he stared at the flames.

It took over an hour and a half for crews to get the fire under control.

One firefighter fell and was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Two homes behind the church were evacuated as a precaution.

Lightning appears to be the cause of the fire, but it is too early for investigators to tell.

Blair said a neighbor to the church was up around Midnight when he heard a "loud boom" preceded by lightning "that reached from the sky like fingers."

Other church members told News 2 they installed a lightning rod on the church's steeple after it caught fire in 2012.

At that time, members were able to relocate inside the church's gym while the main prayer area was repaired.

About ten years earlier, the church had a smaller fire around one of its entrances, but it was not certain if it was caused by lightning.

One of those reaching out early Thursday while the church still burned was a pastor from a Baptist church a block away.

Pastor Joe Coleman says the Trinity Nazarene members can come to his church for a joint service on Sunday.

Coleman was just one of several pastors and members of other churches who were at the scene at various times Thursday.

Pastor Bryan Russell knew the pain and challenges the Nazarene members were facing.

His own church, the Bell Road Church of the Nazarene, burned down last year just a few miles way.

"Pastor Mike was one of the first on the scene when our church was burning," he told News 2 "and I just had to get over here when I found out, to encourage him and let him know there will be a better day."


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