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Ardmore church heavily damaged in fire

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The Southwest Church of Christ in Ardmore was heavily damaged by fire. (KTEN) The Southwest Church of Christ in Ardmore was heavily damaged by fire. (KTEN)
The interior of the Southwest Church of Christ in Ardmore suffered heavy damage in the fire. (KTEN) The interior of the Southwest Church of Christ in Ardmore suffered heavy damage in the fire. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- A house of worship in Ardmore appears to be a total loss after it caught on fire Monday night.

The Southwest Church of Christ on Culbertson SW was heavily damaged after the fire apparently broke out in the attic.

"I happened to be out of town when they called," church elder Larry Mitchell said. "It kind of blew my mind, you know, that the church was on fire, so we buzzed back as soon as we could. Looks to me like a total loss."

The Ardmore Fire Department said a quarter of the building was damaged. There are multiple holes in the ceiling of the chapel with water leaking in from last night's storms and firefighting efforts... but church member Joy Offield said it's not about the building.

"All of us have homes that are big enough to worship in," she said. "We'll carry on just like normal. It's not the building, anyway."

And Mitchell said while this is devastating news for this congregation, they will survive.

"We have our ups and downs in life; this happens to be one of the downs," he said. "But we're strong, we'll get through it."

The Ardmore Fire Department said while the cause of the fire is still under investigation, it does not appear to be suspicious.

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