Invesigation Finished In Pitt County Church Fire

By: Heather King/Bill Wilson
By: Heather King/Bill Wilson

Pitt County deputies say the investigation into Monday morning's church fire is complete and investigators say they cannot say how the fire started.

Pitt County Fire Marshal Allen Everette WITN News that while investigators could not determine the cause, they do not believe the fire was the result of foul play.

The minister of the Greater Mount Zion Christian Church say investigators told him they're looking at the sound system as a possible cause.

Much of the church was destroyed in the fire.

Pastor Joe Dixon says investigators told him the doors were locked and no windows were broken, eliminating the possibility of foul play.

Dixon says many area churches have offered their facilities. He says his congregation will worship at Mount Calvary Baptist Church on Watauga Avenue in Greenville, Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

Monday's Story

Fire crews were called to a church on fire in Pitt County early Monday morning.

The Greater Mt. Zion Christian Church on Fleming School Rd. is off Belvoir Highway, north of the Pitt-Greenville Airport.

Volunteer fire departments from Belvoir and Staton House responded to the blaze. The Staton House Fire Chief estimates the fire destroyed at least 85% of the church, if not all of it.

A passer-by called 911 when they saw the fire around 12:30 am or so. The church did not have an alarm, so fire crews found the church fully engulfed in flames when they got on scene.

There was so much smoke that some people in a nearby neighborhood were told to leave their homes for a while.

Greater Mt. Zion Christian Church has a congregation of about 100 people, according to Pastor Joe Dixon. Dixon told WITN, "We're people of faith and we're gonna move on from here."

Dixon says he'll speak with the bishop Monday about what to do next. The building did have insurance.

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