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BREAKING NEWS (UPDATED): I 75 Jesus in Dayton, Ohio Struck by Lightning, Burns

(Editor's Note – This story is being updated throughout the day. Videos showing the fire and other info have been added.) In Dayton, Ohio, the iconic I 75 Jesus, which was a 62 foot statue that appeared to rise out of a lake with arms outstretched as if signaling a touchdown, otherwise known as "Touchdown Jesus," was struck by lightning and destroyed. The fire also destroyed a portion of the Solid Rock Church. No injuries were reported.

The statue was also memorialized with the song "Big Butter Jesus," by Heywood Banks.

Church Members React.

Local news station 2 News visited the scene this morning, and interviewed local church members for their reactions.  One felt that this was not a coincidence and seemed to believe that the fire was an omen.

Live Video Coverage of the Fire.

Someone was able to film a few seconds of the fire live and put it on YouTube last night:

News From Throughout the Night on Touchdown Jesus Fire.

Jesus Burns to Ground

Touchdown Jesus Destroyed by Lightening

Touchdown Jesus Had Just Had a Makeover.

As God Discussion reported in March of this year, the "Touchdown Jesus" was getting a makeover. See the video of the King of Kings here.

Another Local Reaction.

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