Congregation Sees Walls, Foundations Rebuilt After Fire

The walls of the new First Church of God on Falconer Street in Jamestown were erected on Tuesday. The church was destroyed in a fire last year, though service has continued at a next door residence. P-J photo by Katrina Fuller

Almost one year after a fire gutted the church, the congregation of the First Church of God is seeing walls erected and foundations standing firm.

The Rev. Mervin Lee said all the flooring and foundations has been poured and the walls were put up on Tuesday. The walls were prefabricated in Pennsylvania and were brought to the worksite, he said.

A structure fire at the 291 Falconer St. church in Jamestown was reported on Dec. 26, 2016, at about 2 a.m. Smoke was seen coming from the back of the building, and afterward, a fire broke out which then engulfed the entire church.

Since that time, the construction has moved steadily. Lee said the congregation has stayed positive throughout the rebuilding process.

“Everybody is excited,” he said. “People are trusting God and seeing God move. There’s a new spirit of excitement.”

See the Wednesday edition of The Post-Journal for complete coverage.