WAKEFIELD, Mass. – The First Baptist Church in Wakefield began picking up the pieces after a fire destroyed the 150-year-old structure earlier this week.
Witnesses told Boston 25 News that lightning struck the spire of the church as severe weather moved through the area, sparking a fast-moving fire on Oct. 23.
Crews began dismantling the remnants of the historic landmark in the rain Wednesday morning.
The 150-year-old building will now be torn down completely.
Just one painting hanging in the front entrance of the church was left behind, nearly untouched.
It has just a few little drips on it, but otherwise, the painting depicting Jesus Christ survived the inferno Tuesday night and now resides inside a parishioners’ house.
“I’m personally taking it as a sign and a reminder that the Jesus, the Christ that we serve is still alive and even though our church building is gone our church is here and the God we serve is still here,” said Maria Kakalowski, a parishioner of the church.
Although there is no official cause yet, several residents said they saw the steeple hit by lightning and set off a fire that grew quickly to seven alarms.
SOURCE: Jim Morelli
Boston 25 News