Major Church Fire in Rural Ingham County

By: Nick LaFave & Dan Ponce
By: Nick LaFave & Dan Ponce

Just after three Friday afternoon, the Mason Fire Department recieved word of a fire at the Eden Bretheren United Church in Vevay Township. Fire Chief Dave Scutt says the fire was isolated to the oldest part of the 100 year old church, and they wanted to keep it that way.

The northeast corner of the church - the 'old sanctuary' - was totally destroyed. Thankfully, the 'new sactuary', built in the 1970's, had a cement wall separating it from the burning part of the building. Fire Chief Scutt says that very well could have saved the rest of the building.

Crews from Lansing, Delhi, Dansville, Mason and other areas assisted in battling the blaze.

Church members showed before long, and were distraught at the site of their 100 year old church in flames.

Former pastor Milan Maybee says, however, "The church isn't this building burning down. The church is in each of these people here today... we'll be fine."

Current pastor Wes Emerson was thankfull the new family center built last year was spared significant damage... and says they could be worshiping in the building before long.

One firefighter was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries from smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is not yet know.


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