WKEF, the FOX television affiliate in the Dayton, Ohio, area, is reporting on a fire Saturday that destroyed the building of a sister congregation in Darke County, Ohio. Shiloh Old German Baptist Brethren Church – New Conference is part of a group that traces its spiritual heritage to German Anabaptist/Radical Pietist religious leader Alexander Mack, just as the Charis Fellowship does. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article.
Four-alarm fire destroys Darke County church Saturday morning
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Darke County, Ohio (WKEF) — As many as 15 fire departments responded to a fire at a church early Saturday morning.
The fire at Shiloh Old German Baptist Brethren Church on Delisle Fourman Road in Darke County was reported about 6:30 a.m.
Tracy Mong, Pitsburg Fire Chief, said that the building is a total loss. Their volunteer department immediately called for aid from a second department. Before even arriving at the church, Mong said they had called a second-alarm, which asked for help from another department.
“It was going good when we got the call,” Mong said.
The chief said this four-alarm fire included departments from four counties. Other departments involved in the fire included Phillipsburg, Brookville, Arcanum, New Madison, Greenville Township, City of Greenville, Laura, Ludlow Falls, West Milton, and Gettysburg.
Mong said that strong wind was a factor in fanning the flames. And, with its rural location, water had to be trucked in, which complicated the attack.
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