New York Church Catches Fire, Dog Alerts Neighbor to Call 9-1-1

(Facebook/ Yorktown Assembly of God)

In the dead of night, Kim Lewis awoke to the fervent barking of her dog, Bear.

Quickly shaking the sleep from her eyes, she saw out her window the neighboring church, Yorktown Assembly of God, going up in flames.

She immediately dialed 911, and then alerted neighboring staff members to vacate their home in case the fire spread.

Upon arriving, the fire chief told Lewis to “buy a raffle ticket because it’s incredible that this is how minor the damage is. … Five or ten more minutes without the 911 call, and the entire building would have been engulfed.”

The church knows, however, that luck had nothing to do with it. “It was God’s protection over His church and people,” its Facebook announcement says.

“We know God was there tonight protecting our building,” the ministry wrote.

“We want to thank God first and foremost followed by, the countless first responders that came to help, and finally, Bear, the BEST dog in the world for keeping us from experiencing a devastating loss here at the church,” the statement reads.

The fire started on the building’s exterior and traveled through to the attic. Barring water damage, firefighters said the sanctuary was damaged far less than they would have expected had not Lewis contacted them when she did.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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