After a fire destroyed a Norton church earlier in the week, its pastor and his congregation are looking to put the pieces back together.
Senior Pastor Mike Guarnieri of the Father's House Church tells AkronNewsNow.com says as of right now his congregation does not have a temporary church home, but he says finding one is his number one priority.
"We're hopeful we can find a temporary home until we can rebuild."
The fire happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night while the department was unstaffed. Currently, there are no firefighters staffed between 10p.m. and 6a.m.
Guarnieri says he's not upset with the Norton Fire Department for their delayed response time, understanding the budget cuts involved.
"I'm not angry at anybody, " Guarnieri said. "I love the city of Norton and I've been here for a long time."
He says this unfortunate incident will bring awareness to Norton residents to pass a 4-point-6 mill fire and EMS levy in November. The levy previously failed twice.
Guarnieri says his church was insured through Brotherhood Mutual so they will be supplying the finances necessary to rebuild the building.
However, they were underinsured on contents such as instruments, computers, Bibles, and other items.
Pastor Mike says he's overwhelmed with the number of people who are looking to help the Father's Church family get back on their feet with financial contributions as well as words of support.
"We're just excited about all love and outpouring of support we've received since this happened," he said.
"If you would have seen us at 3a.m. when our facility was burning to the ground and you seen our parishioners crying, you would understand how much those offerings of love mean to us."