The Fire of Hell Did Not Prevail Posted in: News In the early morning hours of April 1, 1973, fire struck the historic Elgin First United Methodist Church. A quiet calm was replaced by frantic activity as the word spread quickly throughout the community of Elgin. Elgin Volunteer Fire Department members, church members, neighbors and friends all rushed to the scene where the blaze was finally controlled by the fire department. Since the fire occurred on April 1, many who received calls about the fire thought it had to be an April fool joke that was ‘in bad taste.’ There are no records at the fire department past the 1980s and the ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!