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Fire destroys Millville Church

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Officials say fast paced winds are partially to blame for completely destroying a Millville church after it caught on fire Saturday afternoon.

The Millville community is at a loss of words after watching as the "In His Presence Worship Center" was engulfed in flames, leaving almost nothing behind except memories.

"So much growth, so much has happened, so many great memories there. Probably some of the best days of my life," said former Minister of Music, Stephen Hackley.

The fire started around 12:30 on Saturday afternoon.

At that time, approximately 15 people were inside preparing a Christmas meal for the homeless, however no one was injured.

It's still unclear what started the blaze, but fire officials say strong winds only made it worse for the destruction of the church, as well as neighboring homes. Some of which were stuck without power for hours.

"There appears to have been a piece of siding that was still attached to part of the church and swung to hit electric lines, and may have generated the surge into the steeple," said Millville Fire Chief, Kurt Hess.

"I've been going to this church for so long that I got up this morning and when it dawned on me that I could not go to that church, it was very emotional, because it's been my life for 8 years," said Founding Pastor, David Ennis.

David Ennis who is the lead pastor at the "In His Presence Worship Center" says he is lost without the church but knows that with the help of others it wont be long until he can pick up the pieces and start new. Hopefully right where he left off.

"That's home to me, home to my church. We love center city. It's where we believe God strategically placed us. And the people there love us and it's where we want to be."

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but officials say it does not appear to be suspicious.

The church will temporarily hold services in a location on North Delsea Drive in Millville.

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