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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - Pastor Nate Cook is getting a look at the damage to his church after an overnight fire.

"I believe this church is people and not building, so I'm sad for the loss of things, but things are just things," Pastor Cook said.

Fire crews got the call around 2 a.m. from a person who saw flames shooting from the Church of the Nazarene.

Fire departments from three areas were called in to help battle the blaze.

Now a staircase is gone, doors are scorched to ashes and a gaping hole is left in the middle of the church. However, the main sanctuary is intact with no signs of burn marks.

“I actually think there may be some beauty that comes from it. The scripture talks about beauty from ashes. I really think God can do that here," Cook said.

When fire crews pulled around back, they found graffiti on the back building.

Graffiti is adding questions to how this fire started.

In big green letters, spray paint on the gymnasium building read, "I am my own savior."

While the cause of the fire is under investigation officials tell us the case is now being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as a possible crime scene.

And officials say it could take more than six months to fully repair the church.

"I really feel our church will be resilient and we'll be here on Sunday to worship and we'll share the gospel every week. It will be fun. God will take care of us," Cook said.

No word on how much the damage will cost, but we do know the church has insurance.

Church members plan to hold Sunday services this weekend in the gymnasium until the church is repaired.