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Part of area church collapses

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Several church goers were treated to quite a scare Sunday.

At approximately 10:45 a.m. Sunday, those in attendance at a Christmas program at First Christian Church, 1875 W. United States 40, Brazil, witnessed the bulk head that holds up the ceiling tiles and light fixtures underneath the church balcony collapse.

"Part of the fašade or the under hang under the balcony fell down," Brazil City Fire Dept. Chief Jim Smith said. "When it dropped, it pulled the ceiling with it."

Officials with BCFD, Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brazil Police Department, TransCare and Clay County Search and Rescue were dispatched to the scene shortly after 11 a.m.

There were approximately 600 people in attendance. Following the incident, the congregation moved to the church family life center.

Smith said four people were transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for minor injuries. According to a press release provided by the church, seven people were taken to the hospital, but all were released.

Smith said the building is currently locked down until city building inspectors and engineers have an opportunity to look the structure over. He added no cause for the collapse has been determined.

"It was probably a small building flaw," Smith said. "But the building is structurally sound."

Upon arrival to the scene, Smith said a church medical team was taking care of those who were injured.

"It wasn't anything major," Smith said. "It was probably a lot scarier than it was serious for the people sitting underneath it.

"I guess (the incident) completely flooded the 911 (call) center. It was a little chaotic for a minute."

The press release provided by the church indicated there was no collapse or any major structural damage and repairs could take place during the next few weeks.

Christmas Eve services will move forward despite Sunday's incident. According to the church press release, the services will begin at 6:30 p.m. today in the family life center.

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Very good article. Provided many more details than the Terre Haute TV stations did. Thank you.

-- Posted by Kari on Mon, Dec 24, 2007, at 9:11 AM

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