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Pastor Holds Service From Home After Church Catches on Fire

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PRESTON, Md.- Members of Faith Fellowship woke up this morning without a church home in Preston, but that didn't stop Pastor Buddy Dunn from holding Sunday service.

Pastor Dunn invited the congregation to worship at his house this morning. His living room transformed into a cozy sanctuary.

The church caught on fire yesterday around 10:30 in the morning. Fire investigators say the fire started on the front steps. Pastor Dunn said a church member was using a torch-style heater to melt ice on the steps. He said the wind blew the flames toward the church. The fire quickly spread.

No injuries were reported.

"It could have been a lot different," Dunn said, who has served as pastor for the last 30 years at the church. "The old building was held together with rods up in the ceiling to keep the walls from busting out. It could have come down in a storm while we were all in it. "

Dunn said the church was centuries old.  Dunn's wife, Susan, said they recovered a few precious goods, but a lot was lost. Dunn said fire officials told him the building had $300,000 worth of damage.

"There were things in their that were salvaged; that meant the world to our church congregation, and they were okay, " Mrs. Dunn said. "They came out a little unscathed, a little bit wet, but that dries. "
 
Pastor Dunn's nephew, Walt, expressed concern.

"I feel bad for him, I do. It's sad that it happened," Walt Dunn said. "As far as I know, nobody got hurt. So, buildings can be replaced, lives can't."

Several churches and organizations offered their buildings to the church for near-future services. The Dunn's are not sure if they will rebuild or relocate, but are grateful for the community's support.

"It's just been absolutely heartwarming and just wonderful to see," Mrs. Dunn said. " It just kind of restores your hope and your faith in human beings."

The Dunns are accepting donations via mail at 23714 Collins Road in Preston.

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