Holy smokes: Painting of Jesus survives fire that decimated historic church

Holy smokes: Painting of Jesus survives fire that decimated historic church
A seven-alarm fire gutted the old church but didn’t damage a painting of Jesus inside. (Source: Payne, Ed)

WAKEFIELD, MA (CNN) – It doesn’t quite match the turning water into wine miracle, but it’s close.

First Baptist Church in this community north of Boston was gutted Wednesday by a seven-alarm fire, but a large painting of Jesus survived.

Even though 150-year-old church was damaged beyond repair, the painting was virtually untouched by fire, smoke or water.

Investigators are looking into what sparked the blaze.

Witnesses reported seeing a lightning bolt shortly before the flames erupted.

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