Fire guts sanctuary of church outside of Farmville

Published: Feb. 2, 2021 at 11:24 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 3, 2021 at 12:29 PM EST
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FARMVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A Tuesday night fire gutted the sanctuary of a church that has stood outside of Farmville for more than 75 years.

Farmville Fire Chief Tommy Brady says someone driving by called firefighters to let them know Wesley United Methodist Church on Wesley Church Road was on fire around 9:30 pm.

Brady says when they got there, they saw flames coming out of the front door and the roof the church. They were able to stop the fire, but the church sanctuary was damaged.

Rev. Dennis Levin, the church’s pastor, says the building was fully insured and they will have a lot of support throughout the community and the country, especially with the Methodist church. The church is still waiting to hear the extent of the damage, but they are ready to do whatever they have to do to recover.

No one was in the church at the time of the fire and there were no injuries, according to Brady. Five different departments helped put out the fire and over 50 firefighters were on scene.

Brady says the county fire marshal and the sheriff’s office have taken over the investigation.

The church sanctuary was heavily damaged in the fire.
The church sanctuary was heavily damaged in the fire.(WITN)

Rev. Levin says there was a meeting in the adjacent fellowship hall that finished up about an hour before the fire broke out. He said the last time someone was in the sanctuary was on Sunday.

The church will hold a bible study, as usual, tonight in the fellowship hall, while church services will be held there too until further notice.

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