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Firefighters work to put out a blaze at the parsonage of the McLoud Church of Christ in Oklahoma..
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Oklahoma parsonage burns down during Sunday worship

Worship services for the McLoud Church of Christ in Oklahoma were interrupted Sunday when its parsonage caught fire.

The home of the church’s preacher, Douglas Tibbits — along with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and four granddaughters — was destroyed by the blaze, along with most of the family’s possessions, local news station KFOR reported.

Susan Tibbits, the preacher’s wife, was home sick when the fire began — the family believes it was caused by a pellet grill — but she escaped and was able to notify church members. The Tibbitses’ cat and dog also survived, though 11 puppies were killed.

A GoFundMe for Douglas and Susan Tibbits has nearly reached its $10,000 goal to help them with emergency expenses and temporary living costs. A separate fundraiser has been created for their son, Brandon, wife Rachael and four children.

Read the full story from KFOR here.

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