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The Texas Forest Service says the Possum Kingdom wildfire is 50% contained today after burning more than 160 homes, 200 square miles of woodland and 2 churches.

Today we spoke with the pastors of both of those churches by phone.

"THE FIRE GOT OUR BUILDING - NOT OUR CHURCH."

It's written loud and proud on the website of Cedar Springs United Methodist Church in Brad, TX - just outside of Possum Kingdom.

Cedar Springs pastor Jim Senkel tells us 2 weeks ago, their sanctuary - over 100 years old - was consumed by wildfire - all that's left are 2 stone pillars.

Cedar Springs as well as First Baptist Church of Possum Kingdom Lake are the two north texas congregations left without places to worship on Easter Sunday due to the wildfires.

Sunday morning, members of Cedar Springs dispersed to other churches for Easter services while First Baptist was able to meet in their family life center.

2 weeks ago, First Baptist pastor Dennis Trammell had just gotten back from vacation to learn the church was on fire.

But much like the attitude of Cedar Springs, Trammell says - it's just a building.

"The overall feeling is two-fold.  We grieve because there was a lot of great memories in that building, but at the same time we look forward to the future with great anticipation for what God's gonna do," Trammell told us.

Both Cedar Springs and First Baptist are already planning where to go from here.

Senkel, the pastor of Cedar Springs says numerous churches have offered their facilities to them while they get back on their feet.

He says they'll be meeting this week to discuss what to do.
 

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