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      Lightning strike destroys Pee Dee church; Sunday service goes on as planned

      The day after the fire at Centenary Baptist Church in Marion County. / Jestin Henry

      D espite a destroyed sanctuary, members of Centenary Baptist Church in Marion County continued with worship services Sunday morning.

      Centenary Volunteer Fire Department Chief Michael Gibson says d uring the severe weather storm that swept through our area Saturday evening, lighting struck the fuse box at the back of the church.

      A neighbor heard it happen and called 9 1 1 around 8 : 30 p.m.

      W hen fire crews arrived , Gibson says the church was covered with flames and there was no saving it.

      N o one was injured.

      Even within hours of their loss Gibson says, "the overall general consensus is we will rebuild on this same site we will continue to have church in our fellowship hall."

      G ibson goes on to say the church was built in 1913 and is one of the oldest in South Carolina.

      Th e church has about 50 members including Gibson.