Follow Up: Investigation continues into cause of Statesville church fire

  • Source: Statesville Record and Landmark
  • Published: 03/13/2019 04:00 AM

Statesville fire officials are still working to determine what caused a blaze last month that destroyed the old Western Avenue Baptist Church. Statesville Fire Chief Spencer Lee estimated the loss of the more than century-old church building at $305,000. He said fire investigators are still attempting to determine what caused the blaze Feb. 10, but the age of the building and the heavy damage are obstacles. The entire building was deemed unsafe in the days prior to the fire, Lee said. “The entire sanctuary building was deemed unsafe because the condition of the building continued to deteriorate,” he said. Prior to that, Lee said, just the rear of the sanctuary was in question.


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