But as congregants got to their house of worship to say goodbye, they were surprised that the original church Bible was not only recovered, but it survived the blaze, WSAW reported.
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And it wasn't the first time the church that housed the Bible burned, but the good book did not. The Bible was inside another church in the town of Stevens Point that burned in the mid-1900s, USA Today reported.
"This Bible has survived two fires, in two different churches. We can't open it anymore because of its age, but I think it's a great testament to our faith that still stands strong," Pastor Tim O'Brien told WSAW.
The Bible was the only thing firefighters were asked to recover from the debris.
It was kept in a glass case, church officials told USA Today.
The inside of the church was destroyed. The only thing left standing was the brick shell, WSAW reported.