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Fire Displaces Pentecostal Congregation

GROESBECK, TX (KXXV) - A fire left a congregation without a house of worship and a family without a home on Saturday night.

The First United Pentecostal Church of Groesbeck is inhabitable until its electrical system is replaced.

According to Pastor Darron Killingsworth, the fire started in the breaker panel, damaging the church’s electrical system, kitchen appliances and AC units.  According to the Groesbeck Fire Department, the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and the estimated damage is $10,000. Killingsworth who did not purchase insurance for the church, said he estimates the repairs and purchase of new items to cost up to $80,000. 

"It's a very upsetting feeling that you no longer have a place to worship,” said Killingsworth. “As pastor I was living here, we no longer have a home.”

The pastor’s family will stay at a hotel until it finds a rental home and his congregation will meet at other churches in Examining wants to reopen his own church as soon as possible.

"It's highly upsetting that our family, our congregation family doesn't have a place to worship. We don't have a place to call our own anymore. We don't have a place to meet,” said Killingsworth. “We don't have a place to pray anymore. It's deeply unsettling."
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Kellingsworth said the proceeds will go toward building back the church.
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