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Large fire in central Toledo severely damages church

The roof of the church caved in and the back side of the structure collapsed. The cause is still being investigated.
Credit: WTOL

A fire that broke out early Saturday morning at the Now Faith Worship Center on Nebraska Avenue caused severe damages to the structure. 

The fire department said the cause of the fire is still being investigated.

The roof of the church caved in and the back side of the structure collapsed. 

Credit: WTOL

Fire officials said crews arrived on the scene two minutes after the original dispatch and made an aggressive interior attack of the fire, which spread quickly due to the open space found within the church. 

According to the fire department, the fast moving nature of the fire led the commander to determine that conditions of the fire structure were untenable to continue the interior attack and ordered all firefighters to get out of the church. 

The church will be torn down because of the damage. 

The pastor of the church asked the community to pray. 

“I ask for the community to pray for all congregations in the city. Glad no fire fighters or first responders are hurt. Whoever did it, we pray they get some help,” Pastor Delbert Williamson said. 

Official statement regarding this morning's fire. Thank you for your prayers and continued support.

The pastor said there will be a service on Sunday in a building next door on Indiana Avenue. 

The church has 50 members and has been around in the community for 40 years. 

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