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North Carolina church ravaged by fire on Christmas Day, pastor remains hopeful

The Place Church in North Carolina’s Gastonia was ravaged by fire, just hours following its morning service on Christmas Day. It took hours for the firefighters from the Gastonia Fire Department to take control of the situation. Even though the building was destroyed, no one was injured. Pastor Ron Duncan expressed his gratitude on Facebook for the support received by his congregation following the destruction of the church. He also remains hopeful of getting through the situation and says, “God will get the glory for it.” The pastor also mentioned that during the morning service that day, he could feel the “spirit of the Lord.”

Fox News reports:

A North Carolina church was destroyed in a fire on Christmas Day, just hours after its morning service.

The Place Church in Gastonia was gutted after the blaze erupted shortly after its Sunday morning holiday mass. No one was in the building when it became engulfed in flames, and nobody was injured, according to local station WBTV.

Firefighters with the Gastonia Fire Department spent much of the day fighting the conflagration, and shared photos of the devastation on Twitter.

Pastor Ron Duncan took to Facebook to express gratitude for the support his congregation received after their building was destroyed.

“There are no words to describe the devastating circumstances that The Place Church has been through today,” he wrote. “I want to thank everyone that has reached out, the many Pastors, friends and churches. You all have been amazing!! We are better together!! To my church family, we will get through this, and God will get the glory for it!! I love you all!!!”

Duncan also told local outlet WCNC that the church had held a “beautiful” service that morning, during which he had felt the “spirit of the Lord.” He got a call about the fire shortly after the service was over.

“I believe I was weak,” he said. “I was numb … just trying to digest it all.”

Gastonia Fire Chief Phil Welch told the local outlet that about 50 to 60 firefighters were involved in putting out the fire.

The Gastonia Fire Marshal’s Office, which is investigating the incident, said the fire doesn’t appear suspicious.

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