Orange Mound church fire started in electrical box

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —  A massive fire Thursday at an Orange Mound church was caused by problems with an electrical box inside of the building.

Dr. Dannie Holmes, pastor of Greater Hope Baptist Church, showed WREG the damage the fire caused.

“That’s my office there,” Dr. Homes said. “In fact, you can see the bathroom from here.”

There was no need for a door or window Friday, because you could see the damage from outside.

“Oh no, not now.  Not now.  Not now, please,” Dr. Holmes said when he saw the fire taking over his building.

The flames ruined what he spent nearly 30 years building.

Not able to sleep, Dr. Holmes was outside at the church at 4 a.m. Friday morning, trying to make sense of it all

“This is hard to take,” Holmes said in a live interview on WREG Daybreak.

Holmes will soon have to clean up the mess the fire left behind.

The fire caused the roof to cave in on his offices and education center.

The flames also sent two firefighters to the hospital. Both are expected to be OK.

Although Dr. Holmes is not physically hurt, his heart aches as he hopes for a better tomorrow.

“That something positive will happen after this,” he said. “That something positive will happen in the orange mound community.”

Dr. Holmes hopes the community will come together for strength during a time it may be easy to be weak.

Greater Hope Baptist Church on Spottswood will still be having Sunday morning service at 11 a.m. at the Family Live Center.

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