Iraan Community Mourning the Loss of First Baptist Church

Iraan Community Mourning the Loss of First Baptist Church

By Zora Asberry
NewsWest 9

IRAAN - The First Baptist Church in Iraan, that had been around since the early 1950's, burned down on Wednesday night. Luckily, no one was injured in the fire.

Now, the people of Iraan are mourning the loss of a big part of their community. Church and community members of Iraan came together to watch the church, that many people made memories in, burn down to the ground. Now, they have hope and faith that it will soon be built back up.

Pastor Mike Wright with First Baptist Church, said, "There's so many memories in that building. People who came to know the Lord, been baptized, had weddings and funerals."

"My father was baptized in that church and his funeral was in that church, a lot of memories there," said Kamie Klassen, Sheffield Volunteer Firefighter and member of the community.

Pastor Wright tells NewsWest 9 that community members have been calling, stopping by, sending well wishes and even starting fundraisers for the church.

"He (Pastor Wright) said, you know, it's just a building, it's not what makes the church. So we are a very strong community, we'll rebuild and everybody will come out stronger," said Klassen.

The Iraan Fire Department is still investigating the cause of fire. Once the cause of fire is determined and insurance has been settled, Pastor Wright says his next step is to rebuild.

Community member, Edward Covington, said, "My heart really goes out to the community there at the church, I know God will set a way for them to rebuild because that's very important for a community, to have a good strong church program and that's what we had with the First Baptist Church."

"We are going to rebuild, no doubt about that and we we want to continue to be a good place for the people here in the Iraan and Sheffield area. It's a great place to live, good place to minister and love all people and be loved by all people," said Pastor Wright.

The church isn't going to let the fire stop them from gathering. A church nearby has offered their building for First Baptist Church service. Pastor Mike Wright hopes to have services this Sunday at the First United Methodist church at 10:45 a.m.