Fire damages Sterling church

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STERLING — Lightning has been determined as the cause of a fire at St. John’s Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Sterling. Sterling Area Fire Department Chief Scott Adams said the fire occurred at the building, located at 212 Saginaw St. on the morning of Thursday, June 9, between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. “According to a Michigan State Police Fire Marshall, it was determined that lightning was the cause of the fire,” he said. Congregation President Jeff Czerniak said he is thankful the fire department was able to save the building. “They saved the church,” he said. “We are lucky they were there.” Czerniak said the church’s steeple was struck by the lightning. “There is a metal cross on top of the steeple and that is where the lightning struck,” he said. St. John’s Light of Christ Lutheran Church moved into the building formally known as St. John’s Lutheran Church and held its first worship on March 7. Czerniak said the building was built in 1887. Czerniak said the roof of the building will have to be replaced. “We are still looking at all of the damage,” he said. “But we will have to pop the top.” The congregation of 22 members will be holding services at the Community of Christ Church in Bentley on Saturdays at 1 p.m.


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