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Fire Destroys Odessa Church, But Not Congregation's Spirit

by Justin Kree
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- On Friday night, a fire in Odessa destroyed a place of worship. The Rose of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church is trying to figure out what to do next after almost nothing was left behind.

"We have the faith to know that God will bring this back together. We have the faith in our father that he will do that," Sims said.

Catherine Sims has been a parishioner for over 50 years. Friday night's fire was to unbearable for her to come watch.

"I'm down here now to see it. But I could not look at it burn," Sims said.

The city tells NewsWest 9 safety around the structure is the top priority until the insurance company comes to conduct their own investigation.

"Once the insurance adjuster comes in and does their evaluation of the facility. At that time, the city street department will come in and level the building," Goodson said.

Until then, the property will be monitored around the clock for safety.

"This is a residential neighborhood. We don't want children going inside and being curious and end up getting hurt. So the top priority right now is making sure the scene is secure and keeping anybody out, so nobody gets hurt," Goodson said.

Councilman Roger McNeil came out to show his district that they are not alone.

"The reason we're here is to do a follow up on what's going on and what we can do as a community to help them," McNeil said.

The community is asking for prayers as they figure out where they will be go from here but their faith remains strong.

"We will rise from the ashes," Sims said.

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