MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Members of a west Mobile church are looking for a new, temporary place to worship. Early Friday, July 5 a fire damaged Cross River Church off Zeigler Boulevard.
On Friday afternoon, FOX10 News spoke with the pastor of Cross River Church.
Members of Cross River Church have met in the same building off Zeigler Boulevard East for the past 6 years. On Friday, everything changed.
Around 4 a.m. Friday when firefighters arrived on scene, they broke the main doorways into the church where they found a fire underneath the stairwell.
"The first started in a closet where there was a hot water heater and it went from there up the stairwells…so the first burnt down the hallways, in the café. Pictures are burnt. Stuff off the wall is burnt," said Pastor Joey Hipp.
Pastor Joey has served as the pastor at Cross River Church for eight years. He said the blaze was like a scene from a movie.
"The time I got to the facility, smoke was billowing out of every…window, door and then out of every area of the roof all the way around the building," said Pastor Joey.
The church started in portables and now occupies a two story building. Now, Pastor Joey said the church is looking for a temporary home.
"At this point, right now, we're looking to secure a facility for this Sunday. That's our short-term goal. We're going to make the best of it and we are going to have church somewhere this Sunday. I'm going to preach somewhere this Sunday," said Pastor Joey.
Through it all, Pastor Joey is glad no one was injured and tried to make the best of what happened.
"There's a lot of water damage where the firemen came in and you know, put the fire out and left us a swimming pool," said Pastor Joey.
Pastor Joey said the next step is finding a meeting place the church can worship until the building is fixed. He said it could be several months.
The church is communicating with members via social media for updates.
Mobile Fire-Rescue is still investigating the fire.
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