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Published: Wednesday, 3/14/2012

Ada church: 'People more than building'

BY TAYLOR DUNGJEN
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Flames shoot out of the windows at First United Methodist Church in Ada, Ohio. Flames shoot out of the windows at First United Methodist Church in Ada, Ohio.
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ADA, Ohio -- Sheila Hughes grabbed fellow church members in a tight hug Tuesday afternoon as they stood on Main Street in this quiet Hardin County village, watching firefighters douse whatever hot spots remained after a massive fire destroyed a "community icon."

The fire at the 19th-century First United Methodist Church at Main and Highland Avenue in downtown Ada was reported just after noon as a group of about 20 young students in a Head Start class headed outside for a tornado drill, said Joyce Lasala, a church member and volunteer at Restore, a church-affiliated resale shop.

PHOTOS: First United Methodist Church burns

READ MORE: Huge fire devours historic church in downtown Ada


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