Fire decimates Clearfield church, ignites community spirit

Published: Thursday, March 21 2013 4:55 a.m. MDT

Preliminary plans for the new structure are already under way, said Kyle Smoot, with Alpine Cleaning Restoration.

“It’s going to happen,” Smoot said. “As fast as we can move, we’ll get to it.”

Smoot said he expects it will be several months before people worship at the church again. But he’s not worried.

“The community rallied around the congregation last night. There were hugs and tears shed and the sharing of building history. Everybody has that sense of no matter what your denomination is, we’re here to help,” he said. “Out of such a calamity comes this amazing unity.”

The congregation planned to gather at 6 p.m. Wednesday in a nearby parking lot to maintain its weekly "meet in the middle" dinner and mid-week worship. 

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