Fundraising effort underway for church damaged by arsonist

WINFALL, NC (WITN) - A fundraising effort is underway after an Eastern Carolina church was damaged by an arsonist.

The Perquimans County Fire Marshal's Office says the fire at Spirit and Truth United Methodist Church in Winfall was intentionally set.

The pastor says around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, someone broke into the church, vandalized it, and then set it on fire.

Major damage was done to the fellowship hall, offices, kitchen, and restroom.

The church set up a GoFundMe account to help cover some of the damage. They have a $20,000 goal. You can click here to make a donation.


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Authorities say an arsonist set fire to an Eastern Carolina church Tuesday night.

The Perquimans County Fire Marshal's Office says the fire at Spirit and Truth United Methodist Church in Winfall was intentionally set.

Church officials say that someone broke into the building and that a wall between the sanctuary and fellowship hall was burned.

Firefighters were alerted around 9:30 p.m. and they saw smoke from the back of the church.

Firefighters said they faced intense heat and smoke, but were able to extinguish the fire shortly after getting inside.

The fire marshal says the church suffered extreme heat and smoke damage throughout the entire building.

Some 30 firefighters from three fire departments were at the scene.

Perquimans County deputies and the fire marshal are investigating the fire and encourage anyone with information to come forward.