Salem Baptist Church Rises From the Ashes
After arson Salem Baptist Church looks to the future.
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Saturday night a fire ran through Salem Baptist Church. With 65 percent of the church engulfed in flames before the fire department arrived, there was little that could done.
It didn’t take long for authorities to determine it was the work of an arsonist and make an arrest of a 29–year old man.
Now just days later, the pastors are looking to the future, saying although the loss of the church is tragic, the first reaction was that it’s just a building.
“Once we found out there was nobody in the building it was like, ‘OK, it’s just wood. it’s replaceable but no one was hurt’,” said Senior Pastor Rod Larson.
Pastor Rich Larson was at a conference with kids from the church Saturday night, a situation that ultimately gave him perspective.
“The church wasn’t being destroyed because looking at these 100 kids that is the church,” said Rich Larson, Pastor of Outreach Ministry.
Fire fighters were not able to save much but one thing they were able to spare was the large cross hanging on the front of the building.
“They designated one firefighter to do that along with what else he was doing but he kept that,” said Rod Larson.
The cross will have a new home across the street where a new building is already being planned. Just two weeks ago they had officially decided to move forward with a new building. Those plans will now be expedited.