‘Caught this video of a fire started most likley by lightning. It was the giant Jesus of Solid Rock church of Monroe, Ohio. This statue was submitted for a world record of worlds largest bust of Jesus…’

Giant Jesus statue burns to the ground. Only a few wire frames are still standing.

MONROE, Ohio (WDTN) – A large statue of Jesus that has been seen by millions across the country was destroyed by a fire late Monday night.

The King of Kings statue that stood outside the Solid Rock Church located on Union Road just off Interstate 75 is now in ruins. Only a few wire frames are still standing.

Officials are still investigating, but lightning likely sparked the blaze. The fire also damaged the attic of the church’s amphitheater.

Word of the fire spread quickly. Many church members couldn’t believe what had happened and came to see for themselves.

“This is not right,” said church member Gifty. “We just all have to go on our faith and ask God. This cannot be a coincidence.”

“I was pretty upset,” Andy Caudill said. “Seeing a big thing of our Lord and Savior gone. It’s pretty sad.”

The statue was built in 2004. The 42-foot span between its outstretched arms grabbed the attention of motorists driving by.

No word from church officials about whether they plan to rebuild the statue.

Jordan Burgess
Wane – News Channel 15