SCOTT CITY, Mo. (KFVS) - Money collected for a youth church retreat did not burn in a fire on Friday.
According to the church pastor, Tommy Miller, everything burned except the donation can that had all of the money in it.
He said he and the kids were able to go to the camp in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
On Friday, a youth group member said they collected money for the church retreat in Arkansas but that money was in the church at time of the fire, so they weren’t sure if it made it.
According to Pastor Miller of Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, he believed lightning may have struck a utility pole which sparked and started the fire on Friday, June 21.
No one was at the church at the time. The pastor said a youth group meeting had just left before the fire.
He said the storm came through around 4:30 p.m.
According to fire crews, they needed the steeple to fall backward to keep it from hitting the power lines.
Ameren crews had not been able to get to the scene to shut off power to the area, so the lines were still live.
According to a deputy chief, firefighters were inside the church when the roof collapsed. There were being checked out by EMS.
The church was at the intersection of East Outer and James Street. It had an average of 70-80 people on Sundays.
The church was considered a total loss from the fire.
The storm also damaged Scott City Fire Department’s phone system at Fire Station 1.