Lightning strike suspected cause of overnight Washington Co. church fire

Lightning strike suspected cause of overnight Washington Co. church fire

Lightning strike suspected cause of overnight Washington Co. church fire

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KMOV.com

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 28 at 11:27 AM

 HOYELTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Firefighters said lightning is likely the culprit of an early Thursday morning fire at the Zion Evangelical United Church on East. St. Louis Street in Washington County, Illinois.

Church leaders went to the church around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday night after neighbors saw the steeple get struck by lightning.  They checked the church for problems, but were unable to find any and the scene was cleared.

The fire department was called at 2:15 Thursday morning on reports flames were coming through the roof.  Several firefighters from multiple agencies were called to help fight the fire.

The roof of the church was severely damage, but the ceiling only sustained water damage.

Hoyelton is 51 miles east of downtown St. Louis in Washington County.

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