Solid Rock church hit by lightning, Big Butter Jesus starts on fire
Posted Jul 15 2010 10:03pm
During a thunderstorm in Monroe, Ohio, last night, the "Big Butter Jesus" statue -- otherwise known as "Touchdown Jesus" -- was hit by lightning and burned to the ground. The Solid Rock Church was lit on fire by the flaming Touchdown Jesus as well. While nobody was harmed, the fire damage to the Big Butter Jesus statue and theater were estimated at $ 700,000.
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Big Butter Jesus fire started by lightning
One of the tallest structures within the area, the Touchdown Jesus statue was over 60 feet tall. The tall statue attracted the lightning from the thunderstorm that was brewing all of yesterday afternoon. Very easily ignited, the buttery-yellow Styrofoam and fiberglass structure very easily ignited. The fire crews from Monroe were on the scene within just six minutes of getting a call about the fire.
Church and statue both damaged by fire
The non-denominational Solid Rock Church of Monroe, Ohio, is home of the Touchdown Jesus statue. the nearby theater on fire. The building didn’t get damaged too badly, but a lot of electronics were damaged. The church announced this morning the damage will cost $ 700,000 to repair. The church has already said they intend on rebuilding everything damaged by the lightning strike fire.
Touchdown Jesus was prepared for renovation
The statue that the church named “King of Kings” was built in 2004. James Lynch, a sculptor known for his work for Disney, intended and built Big Butter Jesus. The Big Butter Jesus was scheduled for repair work later this year. Another thing is sure, though, if the Solid Rock Church wants Touchdown Jesus to end up within the Guinness Book of World Records, fire gives them a chance to re-compete for the "World's Largest Christ" title.