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NEW: Three alarm church fire puts Sunday service to a halt

OKLAHOMA CITY – Early Sunday morning sirens rang out at Crown Heights Baptist Church, interrupting Palm Sunday for hundreds of church goers.

Firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at the church, off Western around 7:15 a.m., where they say flames were coming out of three windows on the third floor of the church.

Workers boarded up windows after a three alarm fire tore through five rooms at Crown Heights Baptist Church, early Sunday morning.

Dozens of fire fighters were on the scene working feverishly to contain the growing flames, spreading room to room.

The room where the fire started was Trudy Bradens senior classroom,

“That’s our usual classroom in there those tables and chairs are just not there anymore.”

Pastor Joe Cannon says he’s thankful the blaze didn’t start a few hours later.

“It could have really been bad, that’s our elder Sunday school class where it started and we have some people that are on walkers and some that are immobile.”

The fire was so intense, It melted chairs and tables in the rooms that were recently renovated, the worship center was safe from the flames But heavy smoke filled the room, covering the pews and floor with soot.

Pastor Cannon says “Storms in our life make us stronger, and god doesn’t remove the storms he makes us strong enough to move through them.”

Contractors are already working to rebuild the section of the church that was lost,
Pastor Cannon says its not the building that gives spiritual strength, its the shared faith of the congregation.