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Billings church holds Sunday service after wind damaged building last week

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Posted at 2:57 PM, Jan 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-17 17:09:49-05

Strong winds last week blew the roof off a Billings church building, and Sunday, it was safe for members to go to the service.

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Freedom Church had its in-person service in the sanctuary and streamed it live.

A crew of six used a crane on Friday to move the roof.


On Saturday, 15 members cleaned up to help make it safe inside and outside.


"People always in a situation like this step up say, 'Hey, we're here to help you pastor,'" said Freedom Church Lead Pastor Gail Craig. "And even though this was a negative experience it comes out positive because it brings people to unite together for a cause and for a purpose, which, in this situation is a cause for the kingdom of God and Christianity and it's a great, great deal."

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Craig said on part of the building, a pitched roof is built on a flat roof.

Wind blew that pitched roof off the building at 550 32nd Street West around 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon.

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"A microburst or a tornadic wind lifted that entire roof, at about 40 feet and dropped it on top the sanctuary," Craig said. "We had a couple of secretaries on the east side of the building, different wing. Sounded like a tornado to them, but they're all safe. Nothing happened."

Craig does not have an estimate on the amount of damages.

He said once repairs start, it may take up to 10 days.