No decision made in future of Church of God


No decision has been made about the future of the Church of God on Lake Street after two fires there this year, the church’s pastor said Wednesday.

Daniel Maurer, pastor of the church and one of the chaplains for the Delaware Police Department, said Wednesday that the church is still deciding what to do next.

Maurer said that the church has hired an intermediary to work with it and the insurance company but said no decision has been made about whether the church should be rebuilt or if a new church should be built at a property on U.S 36/State Route 37.

Delaware police say they are still investigating two fires at the Delaware Church of God this year. One was declared arson.

The first fire occurred the morning of March 8. A passer-by called firefighters after seeing a fire at the church. Delaware Fire Chief John Donahue said crews were able to put out the fire and estimated the church had sustained $75,000 of damage. No one was injured.

Fire officials said an electrical issue caused the first fire.

Then on April 7, firefighters were summoned to the church again after receiving a report of smoke coming from the building.

Donahue said the fire was small and caused about $500 in damage.

Police Capt. Adam Moore said the second fire was “suspicious” and police detectives are investigating, along with fire investigators.

Maurer said his more than 80-member congregation is currently having services at the Delaware Area Career Center on Sundays at 10 a.m.

Two fires there this year

By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG

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