• Fire destroys The Lighthouse Church in DeLand

    By: Field Sutton , Elyna Niles-Carnes


    DeLAND, Fla. - A two-alarm fire partially destroyed a church in DeLand.

    The fire at Lighthouse Church at 1525 State Road A was reported around 12:30 p.m. Friday.

    The fire appears to have been ignited by a spark from an exterior light, officials said.

    Photos: Fire at The Lighthouse Church in DeLand

    The part of the church that was destroyed is an area that holds offices and Sunday school classrooms.

    "We went from offensive to defensive and decided to just protect the outer structures and then sanctuary, save them, and in return, we ended up losing the office and Sunday school area," said Battalion Chief Nicholas Castelli, with Volusia County Fire Rescue.

    One firefighter was treated for a minor burn.

    No other details have been released.






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