Visitors Gather at Remains of Jesus Statue Struck by Lightning
MONROE, Ohio (AP) - It's been one of southwestern Ohio's most familiar landmarks.
And now, a day after it was struck by lightning and erupted in flames, the remains of a six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ still attract visitors.
Hundreds of people stopped today to take pictures or look at the ruined statue. It had stood since 2004 at an evangelical church along Interstate 75, just north of Cincinnati.
The fire last night spread from the statue to an adjacent amphitheater but was confined to the attic area, and no one was injured. Estimated damage from the fire was set at $700,000 -
$300,000 for the statue and $400,000 for the amphitheater.
A co-pastor of the church says some people have been scooping up pieces of the statue's foam from a nearby pond to take home with them. She says, "This meant a lot to a lot of people."
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