Fire destroys church in Athens, Ala.

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) -- Firefighters in Athens say a church has been destroyed by a lightning strike.
Officials say the Athens Church of God caught fire at about 1 a.m. Thursday as a thunderstorm was worsening. Severe lightning, thunder and heavy rain continued throughout the night.
The News-Courier reports that as many as 30 firefighters from Athens Fire Department and others departments were on the scene.
Firefighters say they were forced at times to stop battling the blaze for safety reasons as lightning continually slashed the sky.
Only portions of the outer brick walls of the church remain. Pastor David Root says the congregation will meet Sunday. At a location to be determined.
Limestone County lost three churches to the April tornado outbreak.

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