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August 19, 2013

Century-old Okay church falls to flames

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OKAY —

“This is a crying shame,” Gable said about the destruction of the church, which she called a historic landmark. “We need night patrols in our town — we’re taxpayers here and we deserve protection.”

Okay firefighter Mike Blackwell said that when first responders arrived early Sunday, the original structure was engulfed by flames. Firefighters were able to save most of a newer addition that adjoined the sanctuary.

“It was fully involved when we got here,” Blackwell said. “When you have a structure that old, that wood gets dry, and the fire just took over.”

Gorman said Sunday afternoon that it was unknown when an investigator from the fire marshal’s office would arrive.

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