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Bucyrus Residents Gather for Fellowship Following Town Fire

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It's been four days since the town of about two dozen residents was devastated by a wildfire.

Some areas are still smoldering from the fire that covered more than nine square miles and destroyed 24 structures and four homes.

The cause of the fire is still not known, but long-time residents say it's not about placing blame.

Fire victims who lost almost everything, say it's time to say thanks and to start rebuilding.

"We're not quitters, we take care of ourselves basically, community takes care of us, we don't sit around and wait for the government to fix our problems, and that's brought the community together." says Bill Thompson/born and raised in Bucyrus.

Bill's great-grandfather's homestead, built in 1906 was burned to the ground in the fire.

His daughter and her husband planned to move back home to Bucyrus and were in the process of moving in, when the fire happened.

"We're very thankful, it could have been worse, but the thing is, you realize what's important." says Thompson.

No one can explain why some buildings burn down, and others are left standing.

Instead of asking why, residents and neighbors gather to find fellowship during a trying time.

You can still see and smell smoke around town, but this Sunday, you only seem to hear words of thanks.

"The whole community has been so thoughtful, so helpful, so, they're all here for us, we all know they're all here for us." says Evelyn Krug who lost her home in the fire.

In this congregation, you can find people like Evelyn whose home is nothing but rubble across the street.

You will meet neighbors like Ronald Nelson offering what they can during this time.

And you will hear stories of what this small town has given to its residents.

"The people, I need to be with them..." says Evelyn Krug.

Support has spread across the region like wildfire.

 "Everyone touched by this fire has been held up and prayed for, by thousands." says the pastor.

Showing that a pride in the community is still standing.

 "Your presence serves as a reminder that not only did some devastating things happen this week, but also some powerful and holy things happened as well."

 "Friends, relatives, people that are getting together now and it's really great to see that and especially that we can get together in God's house, thanks that no lives were loss." says Ronald Nelson/Hettinger violinist.

 "I think my faith will help, it already has gotten me this far, I think I have a pretty positive outlook on things, I'm not blaming anyone, I'm very thankful for the fire department and what they did for the whole community." says Krug.

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