Pastor believes fireworks are to blame for church fire

SARDIS, Miss. — A pastor from Sardis, Mississippi believes fireworks are to blame for heavy damage to the back of his church after a Sunday afternoon blaze.

Pastor Eric Martin said the fire has a message for parents.

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Martin said the fire could have been a whole lot worse. A large portion of the back of his church, Anointed Prophetic Ministries in Sardis, is gone.

”To God be the glory that wasn’t all wasted,” said Martin.

The pastor thinks fireworks are to blame.

”They haven’t said specifically but it was supposedly fireworks. We need to be a lot more careful with fireworks just not have them without supervision,” Martin said.

The pastor said he’s not certain how much damage the fire did. Insurance adjusters are still trying to figure that out.

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For now, the pastor just wants to be able to hold church services in the part of the building that wasn’t burned.

“At the moment without power no but we have an electrician coming out today and hopefully they will be able to restore the power in a day or so,” he said.

While the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

According to the Sardis Fire Department, a lot of people in the neighborhood were still shooting fireworks while the church was ablaze.