AP: Huge fire destroys New Jersey church, draws 150 firefighters

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A New Jersey church was destroyed by fire, causing the roof to collapse while over 150 firefighters worked to contain the flames.

On Monday night, video footage showed the Fountain of Life Center in Florence Township engulfed in flames, the Associated Press reported.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the incident which occurred at around 6 p.m. that same day. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Russell Hodgins, a senior pastor, expressed his sadness at the loss, stating that his grandparents were involved in the building of the church.

Despite this setback, Hodgins believes that the church is not defined by its physical structure, but by its congregation, as reported by the AP.

He expressed his faith that with God’s help, the church will emerge from this situation even stronger than before.

According to its website, the Fountain of Life Center is a versatile 120,000-square-foot facility that features a preschool, basketball courts, and a fitness center.

Thankfully, news reports suggest that the school and recreation building were spared from the fire.

Written by staff