Fire destroys 91-year-old church sanctuary

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CARROLLTON, Ga. - Fire investigators are trying to find out what caused an early-morning fire that destroyed a 91-year-old Carrollton church.

Authorities told Channel 2's Richard Elliot the fire happened about 4 a.m. at Bethesda Baptist Church. The church is located at 1539 Bethesda Church Road.

Neighbors alerted 911 about the fire. By the time firefighters arrived, the old sanctuary building, which was built in 1922, was engulfed in flames. 

So firefighters' primary concern was to save as much of the church as they could. The fire didn't spread to the new sanctuary, but fire officials said the old building is a total loss.

Firefighters don't know the cause of the fire, but the church pastor said it seems to have started near some electrical boxes.

The church will hold its prayer service in their new sanctuary at 6:30 p.m.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the state fire marshal's office are investigating the fire.

Elliot will have a live report about the investigation on Channel 2 Action News at Noon.


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