Blaze is unable to damage spirit of Beverly congregation
Church will be gutted, rebuilt
BEVERLY - Steps from the church severely damaged by a fire a week ago, members of the small congregation gathered in the parking lot yesterday to worship, looking forward to a new beginning and giving thanks that no one was injured in the blaze. The fire broke out at the First Assembly of God Church on Dolloff Avenue at about 4:40 p.m. last Monday. It caused $400,000 to $600,000 of damage, said the church’s pastor, the Rev. Chester L. “Skip’’ Gray III.