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Painting unscathed after massive blaze destroys historic church

A Massachusetts church is coming down after 150 years following an inferno that completely destroyed the historic structure.

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The Wakefield landmark was left in ruins Tuesday, but parishioners noted that a painting of Jesus that hung near the entrance showed virtually no sign of the destructive fire.

Rev. Dr. Norm Bendroth says the church he pastors “went up like a tinderbox.”

While some in the area say they saw a lightning strike near the First Baptist Church’s steeple, the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Church officials confirmed the structure will be completely demolished. The surviving painting is currently being housed in the home of a parishioner.

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