UPPER STRASBURG, Pa.—A lightning strike is believed to have caused a Saturday morning fire that damaged a nearly two centuries-old church.
The fire at Emanuel Lutheran Church at 9416 Upper Strasburg Road was called in at 1:47 a.m., said Tom Rine, chief of the Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Co. Burn marks on the exterior of the building indicated that the fire might have been started by an electrical storm that passed through the area around midnight, he said.
The church sustained moderate fire and water damage, Rine said.
“The firefighters stuck with it. It was a challenge,” Rine said. “They took great care in trying to protect the furnishings.”
Firefighters from Letterkenny Army Depot along with the West End, Vigilant Hose and CV Hose companies in Shippensburg, Pa., Franklin Fire Co. in Chambersburg, Pa., and the Fannett-Metal and Newburg-Hopewell fire companies assisted at the scene, Rine said. The scene was cleared at 5:15 a.m., he said.
No one was injured, Rine said.