Congregation gathers after church destroyed by fire

Posted at 7:29 PM, Mar 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-21 01:08:14-04

CLEARFIELD, Utah - Members of the Clearfield Community Church gathered on Wednesday, just one day after fire tore through their church building.

Church members gathered in tents across the street from the church, just as they do every Wednesday for their Meet You in the Middle gathering.

Normally, they'd be worshiping in the sanctuary and fellowship hall inside the church, but a Tuesday afternoon fire completely destroyed part of the building.

The church was built in 1945, and some members have been attending for decades. Pete Call is a Vietnam Army veteran, a Hill Air Force Base civilian employee and a 29-year member of the church.

"Before my daughter was married, we taught a little Sunday school class. Her kids were blessed here. Four years ago on Easter my wife and I were baptized in the church," Call said.

The North Davis Fire District estimates the blaze caused between $750,000 and $1 million in damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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