MAYWOOD, Ill. — The community is coming together to honor a church destroyed in a fire Monday afternoon in Maywood.
The pastor of the New Life in Christ Bible Church, Rev. Ronald Beamon, invited the congregation to come together for a prayer vigil Wednesday evening.
New video from a neighbor shows just how intense the fire was.
The Maywood Fire Department said once firefighters made sure no one was inside, they had to get out because the flames spread so fast.
“The emotions of it all have been like riding a roller coaster,” Beamon said. “First couple of days every time I thought about it I just broke down in tears. In the next moments, I was praising God that no one was hurt. Praising God that we can always rebuild.”
Beamon said there was even damage to a neighbor’s home.
He’s now asking neighbors and the community to come together to pray for the church community.
A GoFundMe has been created to help replace music equipment, the PA system and other things he fears insurance won’t cover.
Members of the church are reflecting on the memories made in the 27 years the church called this building home.
“Wherever we end up and however we get there, I know we’re being led by God through the man of God, and I know there is a purpose and a plan for this,” Kimberly Beamon, Ronald’s sister, said.
The fire chief said the fire still remains under investigation.