Members of a historic Fort Mill church didn’t let a fire stop them from having services on Sunday.
Church members held a prayer vigil on Thursday, and on Sunday they held their first worship services at the church since the fire.
“It’s been really important for us to gather today as we recover,” said Mark Diehl, interim senior pastor. “It’s important for us to come together and have a sense of community here ... that we continue to move forward in spite of what has taken place.”
The Fort Mill Fire Department got the call around 10 p.m. on Dec. 9. Six fire stations and more than 50 firefighters responded to the church.
Officials say the fire started in Unity Hall, a two-story building attached to the church’s sanctuary. The building housed an office, storage and meeting space.
It took more than four hours to control the fire, according to church leaders.
The church’s families thanked Fort Mill-area first responders on Saturday by bringing them cards and donuts.