Local News

Church Fire Thought Accidental

Posted August 10, 1996 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Services were held Sunday morning at Branch Chapel Free Will Baptist Church -- even though fire burned its roof Saturday night. No one was injured, and the fire appeared to have started accidentally.

The blaze began about 7 Saturday night as 50 people were attending a Sunday school class in a nearby building and having a cookout.

Approximately 100 firefighters from 10 departments worked to save the 106-year-old building. It took 90 minutes to control the fire.

The church, whose members are predominantly white, has about 400 congregants.

Sunday's services were held in the church's fellowship hall