Crews, bystanders work to save items from growing church fire

JACKSON, Ky. (WKYT) - First responders and passer-by did their best to salvage bibles and other items from a church being ravaged by flames today in Breathitt County.

Courtesy of Bobby Thorpe/The Breathitt Advocate

 Sister station WYMT reports that around 8 a.m. Thursday authorities received report of a fire at the Free Pentecostal Church of God that had started in a neighboring abandoned building.

As crews tried to douse the large fire, Good Samaritans stepped in to see how they could help.

“Guitars, microphones, amps, speakers, cymbals and bibles,” said David Lansaw, whose father is the pastor of the church.

All of those items saved thanks to those who pitched in.

“It is a good community when you see everyone coming together to help a church,” Jackson Police Chief Kenneth Spicer said.

Police and fire department officials say they do not know what started the blaze yet, but have received several reports of a suspect running away from the scene earlier, according to WYMT. The fire is still under investigation.

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