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Church fire in Royalton called complete loss

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ROYALTON, IL (KFVS) -

A Royalton church fire is called a complete loss.

Firefighters got the 911 call shortly after 5 a.m., when they arrived the flames were already billowing from the roof of the Royalton First Christian Church.

An hour later Pastor Darrell McCombs got a call from a church elder, that their building was on fire.

"Well it was devastating naturally," Pastor McCombs said. "I was just numb, I didn't know what to say, I didn't know how to react or anything because it was just such shocking news."

On Sunday afternoon Pastor McCombs stood with some of his congregation in disbelief as the stared at the smoke still rafting from what once was their place of worship.

"I am a little saddened because there's a lot of memories in the church," Debie Fisher said. "All my kids were baptized here, my husband and I were married here. That's like everybody that's a member. There's a lot of people in this town that have been a part of this church, or have memories of this church."

The Royalton City Hall served as the congregation's church on Sunday morning. They will continue to meet there in the weeks ahead.

"We've had several offers from a lot of the congregations in town and other towns offering us buildings and supplies, and other things we will need," Pastor McCombs said. "We're going to continue to meet each week and see what we can do from here. And we'll rebuild and we'll be right back here in Royalton."

 According to David Bandera, Illinois State Fire Marshal and Arson Investigator, he said the fire began in the upper part of the church, above the balcony.

Bandera said the fire is not suspicious, but it's hard to determine because the fire destroyed everything inside. He said they may never know the cause.

The church has been active since 1924.

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