Fire destroys Sauk County church

Fire destroys Sauk County church

No one was injured, but fire destroyed a Sauk County church overnight, officials said.

The Spring Green Fire Department said firefighters responded to a report of a fire at the Cornerstone Church at 210 N. Lexington St. at 2:08 a.m. Saturday.

The Spring Green Police Department, Spring Green Fire Department and Spring Green EMS arrived at the scene to find the building fully engulfed, according to a news release.

The occupants of the adjoining parsonage were safely evacuated from the home, the fire department said. No one was reported to be in the church at the time of the fire.

The church structure is considered a total loss, according to the release. The parsonage also sustained some damage. On Saturday morning, officials said the cause of the fire was undetermined and the department was investigating. Police told News 3 “arson is not being ruled out” as officers investigate the fire. Pastor Derek Miller fears the major renovation the church was going through, could’ve caused the fire.

“You know who knows we are putting polyurethane on floors; we are being careful with all of that but something happened,” Miller said.

No matter what the cause, Miller said his spirits have been lifted by support from community members and other church leaders who have offered up their churches temporarily.

“All of them immediately this morning told me that they would be delighted for us to come to their facility they’ll make room for us and make it work,” Miller said.

The church will likely rebuild on the same ground.

“We have the land it’s a beautiful location, I don’t know why we wouldn’t,” Miller said.

The church leaders have been helping relocate the occupants of the parsonage and services will be announced in the near future, the fire department said Saturday.

Additional equipment and manpower from the Lone Rock, Plain and Richland Center fire departments were also called to assist in fighting the fire. Also assisting at the scene were Spring Green police and the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department.