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UPDATED: Spring Green's Cornerstone church vows to rise from rubble after fire destroys building

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UPDATE(WKOW) -- A fire that destroyed an 1860's Spring Green Church remains under investigation.

This as the Cornerstone Church vows to rise from the ashes. 

"There's nothing that would lead me think this was suspicious," the church's pastor Derek Miller said.

ATF Agents along with state and local fire officials spent the better part of the day looking into why the historic church went up in flames in just a matter of minutes.

Spring Green Sergeant Andrew Kurek was married in the church 14 years ago, he says he's devastated by the loss.

"It was just a beautiful old church a small church..and every day I'd look over at the church, and I see the beautiful stain glass in it, it's just a real sad loss real sad to see an old building like this go,"  Sgt. Kurek said.

As for the building, he says there were renovations being done to the inside. 

And Pastor Miller says there is old electrical inside the church and work was being done. 

He says the flock will rebuild.

"I learned when I was very young, the church is not the building, the church is the people and that's what is not threatened by the fire."

And when they do rebuild, they will be able to use the bell that is as old as the church itself. 

Firefighters found it had fallen from the steeple and into the second floor where they were able to salvage it.

"It's something you never want to see lost," Spring Green's First Assistant Fire Chief Marty Buringa said.

 

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UPDATE:

(Spring Green, WI  WKOW)  --  Church leaders, Sauk County investigators and federal agents are assessing the damage from a fire at the Cornerstone Church in Spring Green. Church members tells Channel 27 News that people were inside working the night before, but no one was still there when the fire broke out about 2:00 a.m.Saturday morning. Its exact cause is under investigation.  

Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have been called in; they investigate all church fires.

We'll bring you the latest on this story, and the community's reaction, tonight on Channel 27 News at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.

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SPRING GREEN (WKOW) -- A church in Spring Green caught fire overnight. 

Sauk County Communications says they got the call at about 2 a.m. that a church was on fire. That church is Cornerstone Church at 210 Lexington Street. 

It's unclear if there are any injuries. Officials are investigating the cause of the fire. 

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