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DUNCAN, Okla. - Duncan firefighters battled a massive fire all day Monday at one of the small town's oldest churches.

But members said the timing of this fire was actually a blessing.

That's because the staff at Duncan's Foursquare Church had just moved out of the building two weeks ago.

Foursquare Church Sr. Pastor Toby Clark said they were compelled to move into a smaller, less expensive building to have more money available to serve the community.

He said there was another moment of divine intervention at the scene.

The parsonage sits just a few feet to the north of the church.

The wind just happened to blow the flames to the south, away from the pastor's home, which suffered only minor smoke and water damage.

"The fact that we had to move, I believe, was God telling us that that's what we need to do because I believe He knew what was going to happen," Clark said.

Witnesses told police they saw smoke coming from the church's south side Monday morning.

They also heard an explosion that knocked out windows and knocked down concrete walls.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.