Adventist church gutted

ANOTHER church has thrown a lifeline to the devastated Seventh Day Adventist congregation after fire gutted its church.

The walls and roof remain of the church on Glen Innes Rd, but inside things are much worse following Friday night’s emergency.

Pastor Adam Cinzio said emotional worshippers turned up to the charred remains of their church on Saturday morning for the Sabbath service.

“They still prayed outside which was really nice,” he said.

“Yeah they are very sad ... the church certainly can’t be used for a while.”

Insurance assessors have been called in to survey the damage after fire tore through the building just after 8pm on Friday.

The intensity of the blaze shut down the road and forced neighbouring homes to be evacuated.

Inverell Sergeant Tim Ginman said police are still looking into the fire.

“The cause of the fire is still under investigation,” he said.

“The cause is undetermined, but we’re still looking at whether it may have been electrical.”

The church underwent renovations two years ago, including an extensive facelift inside.

Now the pastor has vowed to rebuild, and in the mean time, services will continue at another location.

“We’ve had a generous offer to use other facilities from another local church, which we are pursuing,” Mr Cinzio said.

“I’m very thankful for the leadership that certain members have shown at this time.”

Mr Cinzio said members had shown immense optimism during a very difficult time. 

“A number of our leaders were away, but those who are there are very strong and handled things very well,” he said.

The fire is an added blow for the Seventh Day Adventist congregation.

Last November fire ripped through its Tamworth church destroying much of the building, while the 

Glen Innes church was torched in the early 2000s.

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