ROSEVILLE - Pastor Darrell Moore's church on Blair Street is just a shell of what it was Sunday. Fire investigators say a lightning strike during severe storms sparked a fire that burned the nearly century-old building to the ground.
Lt. Michael Roarty of the Roseville Fire Department said the way the church was built made it particularly vulnerable to lightning. A home video sent to 7 Action News moments after the fire started shows flames shooting from the church steeple. Firefighters from several departments responded to the church near 10 Mile and Gratiot around 6 p.m. Sunday and stayed well into the night fighting the flames.
"Any structure that's large in size that has a large steeple or a large antenna that is connected to it is pretty susceptible to a lightning strike," Lt. Roarty said.
Pastor Moore came back to the scene Monday to look at the damage. He said he was devastated by the loss of the building, but said he was thankful none of his church members were hurt. Moore said the church plans to rebuild at the same site and they are working on details.