THOMASVILLE, Georgia - September 1, 2012
A local and historial church is no more. The roof of the St. Thomas A.M.E. church in Thomasville, GA collapsed.
It's located near downtown Thomasville of off Broad Street.
The Thomasville Police Department reports that the roof caved in around 3 'o clock Saturday.
According to authorities, the building was unable to be recovered and was demolished all day Sunday.
Three homes were evacuated in the area as a safety precaution. But, they were able to return Sunday.
Reverend Clement Choice, Senior Pastor at St. Thomas A.M.E., says the building had been up for 144 years.
"I got a call about 3:30 p.m. afternoon yesterday that the building had toppled," Choice said.
The church brought in local contractors to assess the roof, which showed signs of danger months ago, Choice said. Therefore, they stopped using the building and no one was hurt during the process of the roof collapsing.
"It means the world to me, my grand daddy, my great grand daddy, all of them were members of the church," said Richard Morrow, a longitme member at St. Thomas A.M.E.
Crews worked steadily to tear the building down Sunday. Dozens of people showed up to watch the action.
Church officals say they hope to rebuild the place that means so much to them.