EASTVIEW, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Poking out of the black ash piled on the front porch of the Summit United Methodist Church are pages of Bible scripture -- a holy metaphor for hope and resilience.
The community of tiny Eastview in Hardin County is vowing to rebuild again -- for the third time in the history of the church. The latest stood 55 years since 1957 before a lightning strike sparked a massive blaze Thursday night. The fire toppled the steeple and gutted the church with a congregation of 72.
Pastor Don Sexton called the church the "base" church in the community and one of the first there. Now church pews have been pulled outside covered in ash, and inside, Bibles blanketed in black ash can be seen under the jagged wood rafters that look ready to fall any minute.
Pastor Sexton said eight fire departments and dozens of firefighters fought the fire. He said the church is covered by insurance but the new church will likely be just one level if rebuilding is the best option.