Appomattox fire destroys nearly 100-year-old church

Appomattox fire destroys nearly 100 year old church (AVFD)

APPOMATTOX Co., Va. (WSET) -- An Appomattox church is a total loss after a fire ripped through the building early Saturday morning.

The Appomattox Fire Department responded to the fully involved fire at Morning Star Baptist Church on Morningstar Rd. near the Evergreen Community just after 5 a.m. First arriving units say they found heavy fire coming from the roof and fire in close proximity to a propane tank.

Command requested an additional Ladder Truck from Farmville Fire Department as well as an additional Tanker from Concord. They say crews worked for an hour to control the fire and continue to work on hotspots.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire department says preliminary investigations show that the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

"AVFD would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the members of the Church! Thanks to all those for your assistance," the fire department said. "Thank you to our dispatchers who work so hard behind the scenes to get us each resource we need."

The church, now a total loss, was originally built in 1925.

Units on scene were Appomattox Ladder 7, Engine's 1,2, and 3, and Tanker 5. Concord provided a Tanker on scene and an Engine filling in for our station and Farmville Fire provided an aerial. Appomattox Rescue and Appomattox Sheriff's office were also on scene.

Members of the church congregation shared their reactions. "It just feels like a sudden death of a family member," said Reverend Tony Cousins, adding they are thankful no one was hurt. "I just have to seek Him and trust Him and keep encouraging our members."

"This is devastating," said Doretha Chambers, who has attended the church for more than 50 years. "I just can't believe it. But I know God works in mysterious ways. Everything's going to be okay. Just have to keep the faith."

Like the saying goes, "ashes to ashes and dust to dust," the church members are awaiting the next resurrection and the rise of the next Morning Star Baptist Church.

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