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Out-of-service Summers County church building demolished by weight of snow

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HINTON (WVVA) -

The heavy snow we have received over the weekend has been a concern for buildings all throughout our area.

Early Monday morning, the weight of the snow claimed an 89-year-old church in Summers County.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., the old Brooklyn United Methodist Church collapsed, with some of the debris falling into the road on Madams Creek, right outside of Hinton.

Kenneth Meadows, who lives next door to the church, said that he heard a loud crash.

Meadows as well as Lisa Nelson, who lives on the other side of the church, said that it had not been in use for around ten years.

Meadows, who is a life-long resident of Madams Creek, said it is a sad end to a church that was a really important presence to the Madams Creek residents.

We spoke with representatives with the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church who confirm that Brooklyn UMC is not an active or utilized church building.

According to Laura Harbert Allen with the WV Conference of the UMC, "Brooklyn UMC voted to close in 2004, and the property reverted back to the Doyle family, according to our records."

Both the neighbors we spoke with said the building was leaning in spots and that their own property didn't appear to be damaged.

Due to the danger of having the debris right next door, they are hoping that it can be cleaned up as soon as possible after the weather breaks.

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