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UPDATE: Walker County church destroyed by overnight fire

WALKER COUNTY, GA. (WRCB) -- After seeing her church burn to the ground, Donna Nave became overwhelmed with emotions.

"What all we had, as far as memories in there, it's all just wiped away," said Nave.

Flames raged from the roof of Garretts Chapel Baptist Church in Walker County as fire crews worked tirelessly to put out the blaze.

Pastor David Harris said, "We don't know. We are going to deal with this right now, the feelings and all the things like that. I don't know what to say right now."

Monday morning Nave toured the remains of her church home, standing silent at times.

"It really hurts, it hurts really bad to look at it," said Nave.

The fire started around 11:00 Sunday night, a few hours after the pastor and several members finished prepping the church for its Wednesday youth service.

The flames spread from the middle of the building, causing the walls to collapse as crews ran inside.

Cecil Cupp expected the worse before help arrived.

Cupp said, "I don't know who called it in or what, but I though it may have been too late."

The church burned once before in the 1920s, as fate struck again Sunday night.

The intense flames left nothing to salvage from the sanctuary.

Nave said moving forward, will be the hardest part.

"Looking at it, it just breaks my heart," said Nave.

The church is considered a total loss and the cause is still being investigated. Nave said insurance will cover the cost of rebuilding.

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