Elk City church destroyed by fire

Wilson County Citizen – May 7, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – May 27, 2015

Photo by Rob Morgan. Click on photo to view full-size image.

Photo by Rob Morgan. Click on photo to view full-size image.

Fire destroyed the century old First Christian Church in Elk City Wednesday. Firefighters from Independence and the Montgomery County fought the fire.

An Elk City resident first saw smoke at about 8 a.m. Wednesday and by 10:30 a.m. the roof had collapsed. Firefighters from the Elk City Rural Fire, the Montgomery County Rural Fire, and Independence Rural Fire districts fought the blaze. Residents speculated the fire started at a lighted cross on the front of the building.

The church was believed to be about 140 years old and had suffered a costly loss in a hailstorm about a year ago. Recent repairs to the church and parsonage cost $64,000 according to church members.

Elk City’s water system was pumping, and firefighting efforts had to be shut down periodically, it was reported, to allow the clear well to refill and fill the water tower.



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