Firefighters from the Coal City Fire Department in West Virginia were stunned by the massive blaze that had engulfed a local church Sunday night.
On the department’s Facebook page, firefighters said the fire had the building “so hot that at one point in time, firefighters had to back out.”
It was a fire so aggressive that, according to the Coal City Fire Department, nothing should have survived it:
In your mind, everything should be burned, ashes.
However, as the picture they shared on Facebook revealed, not everything did burn:
On March 3 around 12:58am our department was dispatched to assist Beaver VFD with a structure fire at the Freedom…
The department continued:
Not a single bible was burned and not a single cross was harmed!! Not a single firefighter was hurt! Prayers for the pastor and the congregation today.
As the photos show, not a single Bible was burned and the crosses were still standing.
Over 35,000 people shared the post and thousands more commented:
Out of every structure fire I have responded to in the past 20 years, not one bible has burned, they might have smoke damage or chared around the edges but you could still read every page. We gave the owners back alot of bibles over the years. It just goes to show that God’s word is more powerful than the devil’s fire and fury no matter how hot it gets. God was watching over all you guys lastnight, and every fire call yall go on.
Another commenter added:
I was a responding vol. firefighter on 9/11 to Flight 93 in Shanksville, Somerset County. We were walking in the woods yelling for survivors, and looking for the wreckage, when we got on scene. We found wallets and papers, blowing in the wind, that were charred and burnt. Un readable. We did however, find a Bible. Untouched. Completely readable. I don’t talk much about responding that day, but felt compelled to share my story too. I have PTSD from that call. But your right. God is with us on those bad calls, those bad days. You just have to look up.
As the department said, although the “odds were against us, God was not.”