Lightning strike may have caused two-alarm fire that damaged local church

Waco fire officials say the damage at Renew Church was mainly contained to the steeple.
Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 4:20 AM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Firefighters responded to an early-morning fire Wednesday at a church in Waco.

Fire officials responded to Renew Church near the intersection of Bosque Boulevard and Cobbs Drive just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

Deputy Fire Chief R. M. Bergerson said a lightning strike probably caused the fire, which was contained to the steeple area.

Bergerson said it took around an hour to contain the fire, mainly because of its location in the steeple, which was difficult to reach.

About three dozen firefighters responded Wednesday as well as police and paramedics.

Some firefighters remained on the scene to check for hotspots.

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