150-year-old 'miracle' Bible survives 2 Wisconsin church fires: '[It] has been saved twice'

A 150-year-old Bible that survived two major church fires now serves as a symbol of perseverance, say members of a Plover, Wis. church.

Firefighters said the Springs United Methodist Church is likely a "total loss" after a fire engulfed the building on Monday. The church was built in 1964, according to the Portage County Historical Society.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but it started in the attic, firefighters said.

Tim O'Brien, the pastor of the church, told the Stevens Point Journal the Bible serves as a symbol of strength after surviving the fire. He said the Bible also survived a fire at the former St. Paul's Methodist Church in Stevens Point, Wis., which church members said burned down on Easter Sunday 1959.

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