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New Morton church to replace one destroyed in fire

UP FROM THE ASHES – Work continues on the new building that First United Methodist Church in Morton is erecting. The building, which has been under construction since last September, will replace a larger building complex that was gutted by fire in December 2013. The new house of worship could open in April. (Staff Photo)

It has been a long road for the members of First United Methodist Church in Morton.

The congregation was  devastated when a fire gutted the sanctuary, fellowship hall and classrooms the morning of Dec. 1, 2013.

The loss of the building complex and its contents was estimated at $1 million at the time.

A Morton man, 20-year-old Aaron Angel Trinidad, was arrested at gunpoint at the scene of the fire.

Trinidad was seen throwing items through a window before he was arrested.

The defendant, who was charged with arson and burglary, remains behind bars at the Cochran County Jail.

Despite the loss and the senseless arson that destroyed the church, the congregation rallied together to build a new one.

Although the new building will not be as large as the old one, it will meet the needs of the congregation.

It will have about 7,600 square feet of space. 

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