SBI: No evidence of foul play in Greene County church fire

GREENE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - The SBI says there's no evidence of foul play in their investigation into a fire that destroyed a church founded by freed slaves.

The fire was spotted by a neighbor around 11:40 a.m. Saturday at the Leventon Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Bull Head.

The church is located right across the street from the Bull Head Volunteer Fire Department.

An SBI spokeswoman said their investigation is still ongoing and has been delayed due to safety concerns and damage to the building.

The church hopes to hold services at another location on Sunday and the pastor says they do plan to rebuild.


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The SBI and local investigators continue to look at Saturday's fire that destroyed a church established by freed slaves.

Firefighters were alerted to the fire at the Leventon Chapel Free Will Baptist Church along Hwy 58 in the Bull Head area of Greene County around 11:40 a.m. Saturday.

The church is located right across the street from the Bull Head Volunteer Fire Department.

Elder Elbert Forbes says the last person inside was cleaning the church Saturday morning. They have yet to hear what may have started the devastating fire.

Forbes says a neighbor spotted the smoke and called in the fire to authorities.

The church was founded 153 years ago and Forbes says they are looking to rebuild. He said they are still working on where to hold services for this coming Sunday.

The SBI says their investigation into the fire is ongoing at this time.


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The SBI is helping investigate a fire that destroyed a Greene County church just a day before the Easter Holiday, according to the Greene County Fire Marshal.

Firefighters responded to a call at the Leventon Chapel Free Will Baptist Church along Hwy 58 in the Bull Head area around 11:42 a.m. Saturday, Fire Marshal Berry Anderson said.

The church is located right across the street from the Bull Head Volunteer Fire Department.

Dozens of firefighters from multiple agencies helped get the flames under control.

The building was still smoldering at 3:30 p.m., Anderson said.

No one was injured during the fire.

An investigation into what started the flames is still ongoing.