Bullitt Co. Church destroyed by fire that took 100 firefighters to extinguish


by Brittany Gonzalez


Posted on June 19, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 19 at 6:21 PM

BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Investigators are looking into whether a church fire in Lebanon Junction was set on purpose.

The fire happened at the Dennie Memorial United Methodist Church on Brook Street.

According to Lebanon Junction Fire Chief Mark Shumaker, the fire started in an empty office inside the church around midnight last Wednesday.

He says the State Fire Marshall and the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearm are investigating.

Shumaker said it took around 100 firefighters to extinguish the blaze. Pastor Calvin Johnson said he his praying it isn't an arson situation, but if it is he hopes the person responsible comes forward.

Church member, Eddie Ashbaugh, was at the scene of the fire and said "it was all engulfed in flames and your heart drops."

Pastor Johnson tells WHAS11 this is the 3rd fire the church has had. The two previous fires were ruled accidents.

"It it turns out to be arson we will pray for forgiveness for whoever did his, but we also want him brought to justice," Johnson said.

Investigators are totaling the loss to $750,000. Johnson said there are plans to rebuild. He hopes a new church will be finished by Christmas.

This Saturday there will be a community clean-up to help the church salvage items. Anyone who is interested in helping is asked to be at the church on 132 N. Brook St, Lebanon Junction, Ky.