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Bible Baptist Church catches fire in Mount Orab

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Posted at 12:41 AM, Apr 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-11 11:54:59-04

MOUNT ORAB, Ohio -- Easter Sunday services will go on as planned at Bible Baptist Church after a late-night fire damaged the church's original building.

The fire started just after 10 p.m. Monday, forcing nine nearby fire departments to respond.

Dispatchers said the fire was "fully involved," affecting a large part of the building. No one appeared to have been inside when it began.

Fire damage was contained to the church's roof and attic, despite windy conditions that made fighting the flames difficult. The Rev. Ted House, Bible Baptist's pastor, said smoke and water damaged other parts of the structure.

Because the fire only reached Bible Baptist's original building, House said services would continue Wednesday night and on Easter in another building at the church.

"We're going forward for the Lord," he said in a Facebook video.

House thanked the many people who'd called and texted him about the fire. He said it's too early to know if there's something they can do to help.

"We're kind of in a holding pattern, waiting to see exactly what we need to do -- whether we'll restore the building or rebuild -- and it's too early to even make those decisions," he said.