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Port Huron church destroyed in fire Tuesday evening

Pastor Kim Brown said no one was inside Zion Cathedral of Praise Church early Tuesday evening when a fire broke out, leaving the building on Port Huron’s south side a total loss.

More than two hours after fire crews from four departments arrived, she sat nearby surrounded by a group of supporters — all of them praising God in gratitude.

“We were here, we went out to eat, and when we went out to eat, whatever happened, happened then,” Brown said. “Thank you, Jesus, no one was in the church.”

Port Huron Fire Battalion Chief James Hayes said the blaze was reported at about 6:15 p.m. at the church, which is located at Moak and 30th streets.

While the fire was under control within 30 to 45 minutes, he said, water was still being sprayed on the building shortly before 9 p.m. to control hotspots.

Hayes said part of the church was fully engulfed in flames upon their arrival. The origin of the fire remained unclear, and it remained under investigation as of Tuesday night. No injuries were reported.

The Zion Cathedral of Praise Church was a total loss following a fire Tuesday.

“You could tell all through the eaves, and it started coming up through the roof vents,” Hayes said. “They grabbed handlines, set up the aerial, and started spraying, and all the other crews showed up.”

In addition to Port Huron, firefighters from Port Huron Township, Marysville, and Fort Gratiot helped combat the fire.

A staple to advocacy and among the local Black community, Zion has a history spanning more than eight decades.

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