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Fire Destroys Kent Co. Church

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WBOC NewsWatcher Lisa Busick provided these photos of Cedar Grove Wesleyan Church, which was destroyed in a Sunday morning fire. WBOC NewsWatcher Lisa Busick provided these photos of Cedar Grove Wesleyan Church, which was destroyed in a Sunday morning fire.

KENT CO., Del.- The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a weekend fire that left a Felton-area church in ruins.

Cedar Grove Wesleyan Church, which had been standing for 150 years on the 1300 block of Cedar Grove Church Road near the Maryland line, caught fire at around 5 a.m. Sunday. 

The Felton Fire Company arrived on the scene with the building engulfed in flames.  The Felton Fire Company was assisted by several other fire companies.

State fire investigators are conducting the investigation into the fire's origin and cause.  There were no reported injuries.  Damages are expected to exceed $250,000, investigators said.

"I came here to church all my life," said Mary Ellen Jackson. "My parents attended this church. My grandparents attended this church. We have a long history here."

Jackson was out at the church Sunday morning.

"It was a sad situation to come and look at the place I'd worshipped all my life being burned down to the ground."

Dorothy Rash was also there.

"Smoke was going up in big puffs. Some pieces were still blazing," she said. "I wanted to see it for myself. It was overwhelming when I got here. I couldn't hold the tears back."

Rash says there were about 120 at Cedar Grove for a homecoming event this spring, and 30 to 35 people usually came to church on Sundays. What this upcoming Sunday will hold for the congregation is still unknown.

"I don't think as a congregation we fully know yet," Jackson said. "We're thinking about several different things."

What church members, like Jackson and Rash, do know is they'll get through this together.

"The building is not the church of God," said Jackson. "It is within our hearts that God lives."

"God has a plan for us," Rash said. "God never leaves us alone. He never lets us down. We just don't know at this moment what is ahead."

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