March 21 (UPI) -- Members of a Wisconsin church that burned down said they have reason to remain thankful -- their church's original Bible survived its second fire.
Tim O'Brien, pastor at Springs United Methodist Church in Plover, said firefighters recovered the church's original antique Bible from the debris after a fire destroyed the building.
O'Brien said the Bible had been kept in a display case at the church after it survived a fire at St. Paul's Methodist Church in Stevens Point in the 1950s.
"This bible has survived two fires, in two different churches," O'Brien told WSAW-TV. "We can't open it anymore because of its age, but I think it's a great testament to our faith that still stands strong."
"I think this is really something special, truly a work of God," he said.
Firefighters in West Virginia said earlier this month that a destructive fire at Freedom Ministries Church in Grandview destroyed almost everything inside the building, save for about a dozen Bibles.