Community reacts to Fire at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Downtown Augusta

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Augusta fire crews responded to a structure fire reported at St. Luke United Methodist Church on Crawford Avenue, Wednesday morning.

The call came in around 5 a.m. when someone driving by spotted smoke coming out of the church. Parts of Crawford Avenue were closed off.

The fire was reportedly contained to the sanctuary of the church. Investigators have not officially determined what caused the fire.There are no injuries reported. The investigation is ongoing, however members of the Harrisburg community are hoping to pick up the pieces and move forward.

The pastor of St. Luke, Rev. Dr. Luther Felder has called a special meeting in the chapel at Paine College to discuss plans to move forward in serving the needs of the Harrisburg community.

“This church has a huge footprint in Harrisburg, we are serving this community for many many years and we have a lot of programs and ministries that witness to the community.” Felder said.

Debbie brown, a volunteer at St. Luke says she woke up this morning, turned on the news, and saw that the church was up in flames.

“I volunteer and work twenty hours a week with kids of the future and I just had to come down and see what was going on because this little church is such a vital part of the Harrisburg community” Brown said.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m and is open to the public.

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