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'Touchdown Jesus' statue destroyed by lightning

The large Jesus statue in Monroe went up in flames Monday night (Source: FOX19 Viewer) The large Jesus statue in Monroe went up in flames Monday night (Source: FOX19 Viewer)
The steel frame is all that's left of 'Touchdown Jesus' in Monroe The steel frame is all that's left of 'Touchdown Jesus' in Monroe
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MONROE, OH (KLTV) -

MONROE, OH (FOX19) - An iconic and massive statue of Jesus in Monroe, Ohio was destroyed after being struck by lightning Monday evening.

The statue was a well-known landmark on Interstate 75 since 2004, and was called "King of Kings" by members of Solid Rock Church, where it stood.

The 62' by 40' statue weighing 16,000 pounds quickly became engulfed in flames after the lightning strike. Fire crews were on the scene for several hours to put out the fire, but no one was injured.

The statue, also nicknamed "Touchdown Jesus" because of the way its arms were outstretched, is made out of wood and Styrofoam. The statue also had a steel frame anchored in concrete and fiberglass. The steel frame was all that remained after the fire.

The fire spread to the attic of an adjacent amphitheater, but no other buildings at the church were affected. A complete damage estimate is expected to be released Tuesday.

The statue was scheduled to undergo a new paint job this summer after suffering some wear and tear during the harsh winter.

The pastor of Solid Rock Church says the church does plan to rebuild the statue.

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