Flames engulfed the Griffin Hilltop Church in Griffin, Ga., early Sunday morning, Sept. 22, 2013. The building is a total loss.
According to WKEU Radio–The Rock–88.9 FM/1450 AM–Griffin, Georgia:
“When firefighters arrived, they found flames coming through the roof of the structure. Firefighters were on the scene for several hours keeping the blaze from spreading. Fire Chief Tommy Jones said that there were no injuries, and no firefighters were injured in the incident. A major concern was getting water to the structure that sits several hundred feet from the roadway on top of a hill. The old home had been vacant since Mr. Arthur Forrer’s death, and was the old home site of Dr. Forrer in the 1920s and ‘30s.“
Dan Hall, pastor of the Griffin Church, said the church had been in this new location for the past five years. The church is now left to decide where to go from here. In the meantime, neighbors in the community have offered assistance.
“Three local congregations have offered us the use of their facilities,” Hall said. “All three offers were very generous, and we will have a board meeting to decide on which location.”
Conference officials offered their condolences to the members.
“Any time there is pain, we hurt as well,” said Ed Wright, Conference president. “And we pray for God’s healing to touch those in pain at this difficult time.”
Written by Tamara Wolcott Fisher, communication director
Photos by Sandra Brown