Tuscaloosa churches help Mount Pilgrim Baptist after fire destroys the building


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — We are learning new details about a massive four-alarm fire that destroyed a Tuscaloosa church last Thursday.  Fire Marshal Gene Holcomb says the cause of the fire at Mount Pilgrim Baptist church has not been determined. There was nothing suspicious and Holcomb says it was accidental.

Since the church fire happened several local Tuscaloosa churches have reached out to send love and support to the Mount Pilgrim congregation.  One of those is Bethel Missionary Baptist church lead by pastor Schmitt Moore.

“We are here for one another when something of this nature happens. So it is going to be an easy,
natural thing to reach out to Pastor Kennedy and his church family because we feel like we are part of the same family” Moore said.

Pastor Moore says his church will be collecting special offerings and those funds will be given to
Mount Pilgrim to help.

“I would much rather help them in their time of need then for them to help me in need.  So it feels good to be able to reach out to help and I would rather be on this side of helping someone in that situation then for them to be having to help me in that situation”.

Pastor Frank Kennedy at Mount Pilgrim Baptist says it warms his heart knowing that other churches and
people of faith are helping his congregation after suffering a terrible loss.

“Well, it just blesses your heart because its part of the kingdom.  Giving and sharing and we are all
in this together. It feels so good that folks want to help us” Pastor Kennedy said. 

Forty-five children and staff in the church daycare all escaped safely.  Pastor Frank Kennedy says the sanctuary was built 63 years ago and the building did not have a working sprinkler system.  Kennedy is just thankful everyone survived.  He says he is planning to rebuild the church in the future.

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