Fire Destroys Valley Church

Shenandoah Pastor Says It’s Heartbreaking

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Posted: February 6, 2014

Debbie and Larry Comer, of Shenandoah, trustees at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, look over the remains of the building at 2279 Fleeburg Road near the town of Shenandoah on Wednesday. While the church was destroyed, members hope to save the cross and the flame, the Methodist symbol, Pastor Ellen Martin said. (Photos by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
Smoke surrounds remaining parts of the smoldering building.
Investigators examine the smoldering remains of Oak Grove United Methodist Church at 2279 Fleeburg Road near the town of Shenandoah. Officials continue to probe the early morning Wednesday blaze that destroyed the building.

SHENANDOAH — Shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday, Ellen Martin received a phone call from a concerned church member.

The caller informed her that the church she had pastored for the last five years,...



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