Officials: Historically Black church in Rowan County destroyed in fire

  • Source: WNCN-TV CBS 17 Goldsboro
  • Published: 06/17/2022 12:00 AM

A historically Black church built in the 1800s in Rowan County was destroyed in a fire overnight, officials confirmed Thursday. Firefighters from the Franklin Fire Department responded to the blaze at 1270 Gheen Road near Will black Road just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, officials said. The former Methodist church was 75% involved in flames when firefighters arrived. Officials said the church had not had a service in around 50 years. Because it is a house of worship, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in investigating the cause of the fire. Investigators had not determined the cause as of Thursday morning.


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