Fire destroys Aspermont First Baptist Church

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Fire destroys Aspermont First Baptist Church

Stonewall County Emergency personnel work to contain the fire that swept through the First Baptist Church of Aspermont. (Photo by Steven Ellis)

Fire destroys Aspermont First Baptist Church

Aspermont resident, John Jouet, sifts through the remains of his boyhood church after Saturday morning's fire

Fire destroys Aspermont First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Aspermont Pastor , Kenny Platte, submtted this photo.

Fire destroys Aspermont First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Aspermont after Saturday morning's fire.

In the first hour of Saturday, June 19, emergency personnel responded to reports of a fire at the First Baptist Church of Aspermont, but were unable to combat the astonishing rate of spread, as the structure collapsed around 1 a.m. Although the main sanctuary, baptistery, church organ, and several classrooms and storerooms were lost, no one was injured in the fire.

Long time Aspermont resident, Troy Swink said the wind was starting to pick up with the approaching thunderstorms that passed through the area last Friday night. Within the hour, lightning was dropping from the sky for miles in all directions and the wind was pushing 30 MPH with some gusts over 50 MPH.

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