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Pastor of damaged church thanks community for support

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Pastor Jones said churches of other denominations have offered support and space for worship. Pastor Jones said churches of other denominations have offered support and space for worship.
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

Fire marshals condemned a portion of a churchthat was damaged after a truck slammed into it on Monday.

Center Star First Baptist Church was struckby a flatbed truck Monday, causing the building to be structurallyunstable. The church's pastor said they are still waiting for inspectors to geta good look inside before they can begin making repairs.

A gaping hole remains on the east side of thechurch building. Debris is still left to be picked up; the smell of spilleddiesel fuel still thick in the air.

Pastor Ronny Jones said they're thankful noone was seriously injured in the crash. In the meantime, he said all activitieswill be held in the church's Family Life Center, including Wednesday night'sservices and Sunday's 10:45 a.m. service.

Jones said he is also thankful for theoutpouring of love shown by the community. "I've already had five otherchurches contact me and say if you can't worship on your campus, we can providea place for you to worship. All different faiths; it's been pretty amazing tosee the other guys coming along," he said.

The pastor said he doesn't know when repairscan begin, but the job is expected to take at least three months to complete.

The driver of the truck was treated for hisinjuries and released from the hospital Monday night.

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