FIRST ON WITN: Kinston Church Fire, Cause Determined

WITN has learned a Kinston church fire was caused by an electrical issue.

The fire is completely out at the Conquer Church of Christ off Airport Road.

Officials say there is moderate smoke and fire damage.

FIrefighters from North Lenoir and Kinston fire departments were called to the scene and had the blaze under control within a couple of hours.

Pastor Clay Aycock says the fire was hard to watch.

"Something you had no control over, you can't stop it," Pastor Aycock said Thursday. "You don't know why it happened. You're just a victim, but we'll survive."

The church was originally built in 1994. Pastor Clay Aycock bought the chuch in 2003. He says he intends to continue on. Officials say it could have been worse.

"I'd say it's at least moderate damage, not heavy" said Bill Johnson, of the Kinston Fire Department. "Heavy maybe in the area of the origin of the fire where it started. Where you can see the peak here in the rear of the building, because it went from the first floor to the second floor. But overall, I'd say moderate damage."

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A fire at a Kinston church is now under control.

The fire broke out before 3:00 p.m. at the Called To Conquer Church of Christ on Airport Road.

Airport Road was closed at Dobbs Farm Road as fire crews worked to control the blaze, but that highway is again open to traffic.

Bill Johnson, Kinston Fire Department operations chief, tells WITN News that the church received moderate damage.

Johnson says there were people inside when the fire started, and they were able to make it out safely. He says most of the damage was in the rear of the church, though the fire did make it to the second floor.

Firefighters from North Lenoir Volunteer Fire Department assisted Kinston with battling the fire.

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