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Congregation Holds Service at Site of Burned Out Church

As the smoke begins to clear parishioners attended a prayer service and consider their next move the smell of fire and ash still lingered in the air while arson investigators continued to search for clues on how who or what started a blaze that gutted the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit Church.

Parishioners say there is no fire hot enough to burn through their faith and dedication to the church. Nearly 100 people gathered on the church's side lawn for an evening prayer service.

One sixth grader, Diana Freeberg, who Friday morning was devastated to learn her church had burned, had a much different feeling later to see how the community supports her and her church.

"I feel like the future is going to be absolutely wonderful, I have no idea what's in store, but I just can't wait for tomorrow," says Diana.

The service even brought back former members of the church.

"This is a fresh beginning for them, putting the past behind everybody and growing from it and knowing that nothing can drown the fire," says former member Mary Johnson.

The pastor says if it was arson the intent to hurt was misplaced. She says she and her church will rebuild. Damage is estimated at three quarters of a million dollars. Anyone with information about how this fire started is asked to the Leon County Sheriff's Office at 922-3300.


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