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Congregations band together after chapel fire

Donations to rebuild the Chapel can be made to the Universal Life Wrightsville Chapel Building Fund at: Black River Country Bank 221 Main St. Black River Falls, WI 54615

JACKSON CO. Wis. (WEAU)- One week after a small town church was destroyed by fire, two congregations are coming together to bring it back to life.

It was last week Saturday when crews were called to a fire at the Wrightsville Chapel in Merillan.

Sunday members of the Chapel met at a nearby church to reconnect and make plans to rebuild.

Reverend Terry Marg said last Saturday they were replacing the furnace when something went wrong.

“We were putting in a different furnace because the other one was giving us trouble so we got this other furnace. We put it in on our own and figured we knew what we were doing and it just happened to be that it backed up,” Marg explained.

Reverend Marg says he was out skiing last Saturday when he got the call that the historical Wrightsville Chapel was on fire.

“I got the call and came down and just started throwing snow just trying to save the place the best we could until the fire department came over,” Marg said.

When crews arrived the fire was quickly put out, but what remains of the chapel is basically a skeleton of its former self.

One week after the fire, members of the congregation revisited their former home. Taking a look at the work that lies ahead.

“I've come down many times and cried because it is our home. But we're not giving up on it. You don't give up on something so precious as this,” Marg said.

In the meantime the members of this close knit church found a new place to call home at nearby Shamrock Union Church. Sunday the two congregations came together to worship and build strength together to move forward.

“It’s become stronger now with the two churches coming together. So that's one of the fortunate things that God has given us and that’s the help from others and we are very fortunate for that,” Marg said.

Reverend Marg says he expects it will take several months to rebuild Wrightsville Chapel back to its former self. Until then they are collecting donations at the Black River Country Bank we have more information on the fund on the right-hand side of your screen.

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