Heavenly intervention thwarts fire at church

SALISBURY — Parishioners at the Lakeville United Methodist Church were alarmed at about 9:20 a.m. on Sunday, Aug.5, when smoke appeared to be coming out of the organ.

The service had not begun. The choir was rehearsing and the Rev. Margaret Laemmel was getting prepared.

In a phone interview Monday, Aug. 6, “Pastor Peg” said the Lakeville Hose Company determined it was an electrical fire.

The power is off for now, and Laemmel is trying to figure out the logistics for the church members.

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