Famous Jesus Statue Struck by Lightning

Ohio church says it will rebuild.

They say it only takes a spark to get a fire going.

The famous "Touchdown Jesus' statue outside Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio was hit with a lot more than a spark, and some Christians are trying to understand why.

"This is not right," a church member by the name of Gifty told WDTN news after the Monday night fire that resulted in around $700,000 worth of damage to the statue and the church's nearby theater. "We just all have to go on our faith and ask God. This cannot be a coincidence."

"Something is not right that we have to pray about," she said.

The Dayton Daily News posted audio of an almost embarrassed 911 caller alerting authorities to the June 14 conflagration.

"I swear to God this is not a prank," he said to the dispatcher. "I just saw lighting strike it and it is on fire."

The statue's official name is the "King of Kings," but many use the nickname "Touchdown Jesus" because it depicts Christ raising both arms to the sky. The church installed it in 2004, with a steel frame covered ...

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