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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

Church Destroyed but Prayers Answered

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One of the best things about the news business is that your workday can change in a moment. Today when we all came in to work, we were about to go into the afternoon meeting when we got word of an explosion in Oconomowoc. Within seconds the entire newsroom was moved to action, people on the phones, reporters running out the door, photographers being called. And within minutes, Mike Jacobs was at what we call our Robo Camera doing updates. A short time later Mike and I were in the studio doing non stop coverage. We stayed on all afternoon updating the news. First there was the shock that the First Baptist Church had been wiped out. There was fear as we listened to the shaken witnesses describe what they say sounded like a bomb, or an earthquake. But the good news as information unfolded we found out all of the injuries were minor. Amazing considering that First Baptist Church on West Wisconsin was reduced to a pile of rubble. Only the church bell tower was standing. What a blessing. As horrible as it is to see such a beautiful historic church demolished, it's important that we not forget the one gift we all received on this huge news day. No one died. All of injured will be able to see their families again. A true blessing after a difficult day.

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