Touchdown Jesus Fire Leads To A Loss Of $700,000

June 16th, 2010 - 11:06 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
touchMonroe, June 16, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A day after the Touchdown Jesus was struck and burnt by the lightning, the Monroe Fire Station officials on Tuesday came forward with the estimated loss caused by the thunder.

Richard Mascarella, the fire station officer said that a total damage of around $700,000 was done by the fire of which $400,000 was for the Touchdown Jesus sculpture and the remaining $300,000 was for the adjacent amphitheater that suffered some burns in its attic as the fire on Monday night spread.

The fire reduced the huge sculpture that was made of plastic, foam and fiber glass over a steel frame to a mere blackened frame of steel. The damage would not have been as severe as it has been if the sculpture of the King of King was made of some fire proof material.

On Tuesday, Darlene Bishop said to media sources that the sculpture would be reconstructed at the same place soon. He also added that this time the sculpture would be created from some fire proof materials so that such tragic incident does not happen again.

The Touchdown Jesus, that stood in front of the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, near the Interstate 75 highway, north of Cincinnati was one of the most popular landmarks since its installation in 2004. The 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide statue caught fire at around 11:15 p.m. on Monday night and burnt to the ground.

The fire spread to the adjacent amphitheater but could not cause much damage to the main amphitheater as it was restricted to the attic only. On Tuesday many people came to the site and collected foams that had come out of the sculpture to take back home supposedly.

Darlene Bishop said that the act shows how important the statue was to the people of Ohio.

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