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Posted at 3:20 PM ET, 08/12/2010

Pr. Geo's church evacuated after storm

By Washington Post editors

Prince George's County Fire and EMS officials had to evacuate 16 people from a Camp Springs church and school Thursday morning, and church members have no idea when they will be able to return.

Fire department spokesman Mark Brady said four adults and 12 children were evacuated from the From the Heart Church Ministries about 8 a.m. after severe thunderstorms moved through the area, leaving the church heavily damaged.

"Heavy rain accumulated on the roof of the church, and it was so heavy until the water came through causing a 50 foot gaping hole," Brady said. "We evacuated 12 kids and four adults and we shut off the gas and electrical power."
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Brady said a water pipe burst sending water into the main sanctuary. "Water was at one end of the building to the other," he said. "It is significant."

From the Heart Church has a 23,000 member congregation. Rev. John A. Cherry founded the church in 1999 when he split from his denomination. He waged and lost a lengthy court battle with AME Zion church. Neither he nor his son, Rev. John Cherry III could be reached for comment.

-- Hamil R. Harris

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 3:20 PM ET
 
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Comments

Will insurers refuse to reimberse for the damages claiming: It was an act of God? LOL

Posted by: unseenmirage | August 12, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Praise God that no one was hurt. God is truly a awesome God

Posted by: jonathan_cary | August 17, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

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