Storms cause awning collapse at historic church

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DENMARK, Tenn. — A historic Denmark church is barricaded by its own roof after severe storms Monday night. “I guess it was nickel-sized hail and rain. A lot of wind though,” Denmark Missionary Baptist Church Deacon Aaron Ellison said of the weather he says caused the front awning to collapse, blocking the main entrance to the church. “The wind got up underneath [this] cover and these poles under there,” he said. “I think it might have grabbed them under there, and when that top settled back down, they weren’t there to support it so it just came on down.” Members said it’s unclear how much the repairs could cost. Insurance is expected to cover a good portion of the construction project. The church has a back and side door for use in the meantime. Retired insurance agent Rick Engweiler lives near the church. He said insurance is one of the best ways to storm guard property. “If you can afford to take the loss, then you don’t need insurance. But if you can’t afford to go out and buy yourself a different home or a new home or new car, then insurance is your best alternative,” he said. No water damage has been observed inside the church. Services and Bible studies will continue as planned.

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