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Fire crews praise God after Bibles survive church inferno

Crews said "everything" inside Freedom Ministries Church in Grandview, West Viriginia ought to have been destroyed by the blaze, yet "not a single" Bible perished.

After scouring the charred remains of the site, the firefighters published on their Facebook page: "Though odds were against us, God was not.

"Picture this, a building so hot that at one point in time, firefighters had to back out. In your mind, everything should be burned, ashes.

"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."

The remarkable pictures prompted thousands of comments on social media. They were shared more than 40,000 times.

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One Facebook user, Sharon Lackey said: "When our house burned in Texas, I had the family Bible laying on dad's army trunk that he carried around the world doing his tours of duty.

"The top of the trunk burned a hole through the top where the bible was laying and it didn't damage the Bible in any way.

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"I still have both the trunk and the Bible. They serve as a reminder to me how great the word of God can be."

Another social media user, Jennifer Stauffer said: "Books usually don't burn unless parted. The compression of the paper leaves no room for air to feed the fire. Smoke damage and light burning on outside is normal."

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