Receiving an emergency phone call is never easy, according to firefighter Ed Maikranz, especially when it's a church. However, the phone call Maikranz received this morning really hit home.
"To hear one come in at your own church is extremely difficult I can't even describe how that made me feel," says Maikranz.
Maikranz says he was on duty at another station when he heard the call come in for St. Luke's Orthodox Church.
"The emotions I went through.... it was am I going to go fight this fire and I just going to have to stand back and listen and hope for the best.... and what am I going to find when I get there," says Maikranz.
Maikranz wasn't the only member taken back by the news.
"I was just..... my heart just dropped I was so happy actually that the church wasn't damaged itself," says Linda Fowler.
According to Fowler, the fire department says the fire was started by unknown people, maybe just trying to stay out of the cold. The fire started with a barbeque pit.
"They were trying to keep warm and have a place to stay and they were trying to keep the fire contained, but evidentially it got out of control," says Fowler.
Not all hope is lost, some things are salvagable. Maikranz says that although it was a tough way to start his Monday, he's happy with his fellow firefighters work.
"I'm proud.... I'm so proud to be apart of this organization and knowing the guys that came here and how hard they worked to get this fire taken care of. To make sure that it didn't go beyond what it had already damaged that they did just an excellent job. Really good job... A great stop... and salvaged a lot of things.and protected the church and the neighborhood.... these guys are awesome... they did a great job," says Maikranz.