By: AP
By: AP

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - A fire that gutted a longtime Decatur church somehow avoided a Bible surrounded by a Nativity scene.

Interim pastor Brian McLaughlin said they had been placed for a
Christmas celebration and it was amazing the fire didn't destroy
them.

The church dates back 108 years and its sanctuary was built in
1948.

The church, which has about 110 members, went up in flames Wednesday night.

The cause was being investigated, but fire officials said there was nothing suspicious about it.

Firefighters had difficulty battling the blaze because it started in an attic.


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  • by Jerald Location: Dothan on Dec 17, 2010 at 12:47 PM
    "The church, with about 110 members, went up in flames " excellent reporting, all this about the church, and not one word about the 110 members that went up in flames too...while the structure may be grammatically correct, the perceived meaning gets a good laugh, part of being a PROFESSIONAL reporter is avoiding these traps and leaving out non-essential "facts".. we will now pause in memory of those 110 crispy critters.
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