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LaGrange church destroyed by fire, community stunned

Federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms investigators spent Monday shoveling through ash.  They are looking for an origin of the fire that destroyed the sanctuary of Teaver Road Baptist Church. 

The church in LaGrange is mourning after the fire. The blaze tore through the sanctuary and original building of the church, but other buildings connected to the building were saved.

Nonnie Lumpkin says she's spent the past 30 years of her life as a devoted member of Teaver Road Baptist Church making what some may see as just a building, a part of her life.

"This right here is a very hard thing to cope with; it's just like a death. Me and my husband- my second husband- we got married here 28 years ago will be January 19th. It's the most wonderful church I've ever been to in my life. [These are the] most wonderful people that I've ever met."

Members watched their beloved church burn to the ground; hours later, they held service across the street, in spite of the fire. Long time member, Bentlie Cole says they want to show that they are strong. "Just to show how tough we are we can get through anything."

A cross perched just inches from the building, was not harmed in any way, Members say it gives this tight knit church hope and reminds them to hold on to their faith.

"It just shows you how great God is and where he's at."

Fire chief Jerry Heard says the cause of the fire is unknown and the investigation is ongoing. 

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