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Authorities investigating fire that destroyed Tennessee church built in 1902

Associated Press • Nov 19, 2012 at 10:20 AM

LEBANON, Tenn. -- Authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a Lebanon church established in 1902.

According to fire officials, the fire broke out around 11 p.m. on Saturday at the Lebanon Church of God and took more than two hours to get under control.

Church member Tyson Kelley told WKRN-TV (http://bit.ly/10ei1ts) that it was a "tiny fire" when he arrived at the scene around 11 p.m., but had pretty much engulfed the whole church about 30 minutes later.

Church leaders say they plan to rebuild. Meanwhile, they're trying to determine a location for their next service. Church members gathered near the charred building on Sunday.

"It's really a lot of memories," said Deacon Ronnie Kelley. "We've had a lot of people come by, and they started crying. But we let them know it's going to be OK."


Information from: WKRN-TV, http://www.wkrn.com/

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