First Christian Church in Washington near completion after fire in 2014

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The First Christian Church in Washington burnt to the ground in Washington almost two years ago.

“So much history gone,” commented Kathy Simpson.

The fire started in the attic was difficult for fire crews to put out the flames.  Kathy Simpson and many church leaders immediately began picking up the pieces and moving forward after the devastating loss.

Simpson explained, “We are having a new church organ built because we lost our beautiful pipe organ.”

A new church was built right across the street from where the old one used to stand.  Fire crews were able to salvage over 15 glass windows, a wooden cross and concrete inserts. They are now all part of the new building.

Milton Dail Jr. said, “It’s just exciting to see that everything we have wanted in our old building now we actually had the chance to build a church where we are making it to what we want and not having to retrofit an older building.”

The old structure had lots of stairs making it difficult for elderly people. The new church is all one level.

“Now you can get everywhere. It’s all one floor and no bi-level stuff,” explained Dail.

Simpson hopes to hold the first service by the end of May or beginning of June.

“It is a long time coming, it seems like it’s been forever but on the flip side it seems like it was only yesterday,” Simpson said.


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