Community raises nearly $6K to help Emmett churches damaged by fire

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Community raises nearly $6K to help Emmett churches damaged by fire

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by Scott Evans

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Posted on October 16, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 6:36 PM

EMMETT -- It has been six months since two churches in Emmett were badly damaged by arson fires.

The First Baptist Church and the Community Bible Church are both still trying to repair the damage caused to the buildings.

They got a little help from the community Wednesday.

While only two churches were burned, the whole community was impacted by this. That's why for the last several months the community has been raising money.

On April 27, the two churches were intentionally set on fire. Police arrested two men and charged them with first-degree arson.

Since then the churches have had to adapt while construction crews work to repair the damage.

Money for repairs has been a problem since the First Baptist Church is uninsured.

So, upwards of 20 churches that have chipped in and helped raise money. The First Presbyterian Church and the LDS Church took the lead in the fundraising effort.

At a ceremony Wednesday in front of the First Presbyterian Church, each church was presented a check for $2,787.

"It really hit all of us home when this happened to both the Baptist Church and the Community Bible Church. You know, it could have been any of us. We are all right here in the same block area where this happened," said Sharon Holford. treasurer of First Presbyterian Church.

The money came from a fundraiser in July and a community barbecue last month.

Emmett Police arrested William Dorahush Jr. and Bradley Thomasson in connection to the crimes.

Dorahush pleaded guilty earlier this year to first-degree arson. His sentencing is set for December.

Thomasson's case has yet to go to trial.

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