A fire gutted a 150-year-old Massachusetts church but a painting depicting Jesus Christ survived the blaze untouched.
Severe thunderstorms were rolling through the Wakefield area late Tuesday when the First Baptist Church steeple was struck by lightning, sparking a seven-alarm blaze.
“We’re just devastated. It really hasn’t sunk in to all of us yet,” church moderator Melinda Parry told reporters.
Video shows the church engulfed by flames Tuesday evening, leaving nothing more than a burnt structure by Wednesday morning.
“It’s been important to us and our family for many years,” parishioner Chris Rankin said. “We come every Sunday.”
However, not all was gone. Cleanup crews were seen carry a large, untouched painting of Jesus from the gutted building to the amazement of all.