A Texas church fire on Friday flattened the building and destroyed almost everything inside – except for a cross that still stood in the burning piles.
The Balsora Baptist Church in Bridgeport caught fire and quickly destroyed the structure, according to Wise County Emergency Services Division 2.
When the flames were extinguished and the smoke cleared, firefighters saw a sign of hope still standing.
“The catastrophic loss of our community, but a sight to behold,” the department said. “The fire took part in the structure, but not the cross. The building was just that, a symbol of being a building. The church is the church, and where two or more people come together, it will be.”
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Extreme temperatures posed a challenge to firefighters’ resources, prompting authorities to request help from at least 11 other local and state agencies, the department said.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze, and the roof of the church began to collapse, and firefighters said staff were still inside. Several firefighters were treated at the scene by Wise County EMS.
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The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Despite the devastating damage, the church held a prayer meeting on Sunday, KSAT-TV reported.