"I must be dreaming": Pastor needs help after fire destroys downtown church

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"I must be dreaming": Pastor needs help after fire destroys downtown church

By Liz Kotalik. CREATED Nov 4, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - As it's said, looks can be deceiving.

The pillars to the building are still standing.

The windows are untouched.

But, a closer look at University City Church shows black smoke-stains, leading to a disastrous scene. 

"Very surreal," Pastor Andrew Stacy told Nine On Your Side about getting the call his church was on fire. "Middle of the night [around] 2:45. [I thought], I must be dreaming."

Sunday morning, there were 41 Tucson Firefighters and a 100-foot ladder trying to stop flames coming out of an attic built in the 1940s.

"The best of our guesses now is that it was an electrical fire of some sort in the northwest part of the attic space," Pastor Stacy said.

Firefighters told him if they had waited 15 more minutes, the entire historic church would have been a complete loss.

"Every square inch, everything will have to be taken out of the entire building," Contractor Charles Pique with Master Restoration told us.
Pique and his crew have been working practically non-stop since Sunday morning, and they said one of the biggest problems was the smell of smoke that has seeped into every inch of the three-story building.
"It's even in the computers, the sound system, the soundboard, everything," Pique said.
He told Nine On Your Side the church will have to relocate for at least four months, and the damage is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But Pastor Stacy told us, faith is keeping him and his congregation strong. 
"I believe that God's sovereign, I believe that he's in control, that he's gonna take care of this, so there's no reason for us to fear."
If anyone has a space that can hold around 400 people that they could let the church use, EMAIL ME or call Nine On Your Side at 520-290-7726.


Liz Kotalik

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Liz Kotalik is so proud to work in her home state of Arizona with her KGUN9 family. She anchors the 7 a.m. morning show "GMT Extra" on the CW Tucson every weekday, and also reports for later newscasts.