Pastor speaks out after fire caused by car crash at fellowship hall in Baker
POSTED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 7:06pm
BAKER, LA (NBC33) — Friendship Baptist church members are praying and picking up the pieces Wednesday after a car crashed into and burned their fellowship hall near Central. The church itself was not damaged. Now they're trying to figure out what to do next.
"Wow that's a lot of damage," Pastor Rusty Reed, Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church. "Certainly looks a lot different in the day light. "
Pastor Reed and his wife Kayce spent the morning examining the damage.
"It's amazing how damages fires can be. We were just talking about that, because it's not just the fire, but the smoke and the water. Nothing is salvageable it looks like," Kayce Reed said.
The Reeds got a call around midnight someone had crashed into the building and caught fire.
"The first thing we saw was the lights. It was lit up. There must have been 60 cars here," Pastor Reed said. "Then we saw the vehicle in the church we just started praying everything was ok."
The driver made it out alive, but their fellowship hall was destroyed.
"That was the hardest thing. The church is the people but we have a lot of memories in the building. That was our fellowship hall where we did dinner on the ground, Sunday school and our nursery, my husband's office was in there. "
The driver also rammed through the church's playground leaving behind a trail of broken swings and flattened fences. Church members had just finished rebuilding the playground a few weeks ago.
"Our kids are going to be devastated They were so excited about it. That doesn't compare to that little guys life being saved," Kayce Reed described.
Now Pastor Reed says he's having to come up with a new game plan for fellowship services.
"We're a small church, but we have out grown the space we have for classroom.," Pastor Reed described.
Reed explained the church had considered expanding it's fellowship hall sometime in the future. Now they'll have to build a bigger one from scratch.
"It looks like our building program has been bumped up a little bit," Reed.