Credit: KENS 5
Flames leap into the air as the historic Childress Memorial Church of God in Christ burned early Saturday morning, Feb. 2, 2013.
As of 7:45 a.m., the church was charred to the core. A single fire engine was still pumping water onto hot spots throughout the church as Bishop Samuel Iglehart got his first look at the destruction.
"I'm completely overwhelmed," he told KENS 5's Marvin Hurst. "I mean I can't even visualize when I took over this church over 17 years ago. My father had been the pastor. And his picture, they say, is still up. And I thank God for that."
At least two dozen San Antonio Fire Department units were called to the church early Saturday morning as nearby residents and spectators who tracked down the leaping flames from afar took videos on their cell phones.