Church fire in Greeley possibly started by lightning

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GREELEY, Colo. (KKTV) - Nearly 200 parishioners were inside a northern Colorado church when a fire started in the attic Sunday night.

A dramatic photo from witness Diana Kim shows huge flames shooting off the roof of Greeley's Faith Tabernacle Church and a thick, black cloud of smoke.

Lightning could be the cause of the fire. Storms were in the area just after 8 p.m., the time the fire started. Witnesses nearby said they saw a lightning strike a moment before the fire started, and the pastor concurred that he heard thunder followed by the smell of smoke. Firefighters have yet to determine the cause but are investigating the possibility it was lightning.

After the fire ignited, it spread rapidly and quickly became a second-alarm fire.

All 180 inside evacuated safely, the pastor said. No one was hurt.

The church says for now they are going to move their services to the gymnasium, which is attached to the side of the building that burned.