UPDATE: Church fire ‘most likely’ sparked by lightning strike

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BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — According to a state police fire marshal, a Thursday night fire at a church near Montrose started when the building was “most likely” struck by lightning.

Crews worked late Thursday night into Friday putting out a fire that started at South Montrose Community Church on Route 29 in Bridgewater Township.

Eyewitness News is told the fire began around 10:00 p.m. in the steeple of the church and was “most likely” the result of a lightning strike, according to a state police fire marshal.

“We do know it was lighting that hit it, hit the cross on top of the steeple. It’s just completely engulfed, there was no putting it out really,” said Bob Remington, a parishioner.

“As sad as we are to see the building that has been our church for so many years, we are sad to see it go. But the church goes on. This is a great congregation, they have great faith and we are looking forward for where to go from here,” said Linda Kincaid, the church pastor.

No one was inside of the church at the time of the fire.

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