Alabama State Fire Marshal and the Opelika Fire Department are investigating the cause of a Saturday evening fire at Trinity Presbyterian Church on India Road in Opelika. Officials were on scene Sunday afternoon assessing the damage and putting out hot spots.
Assistant State Fire Marshal Scott Pilgreen said the sanctuary building was heavily damaged. He said there was no fire damage inside, but there was smoke, heat and water damage.
Officials said they received the call around 6:45 PM CDT Saturday and crews responded about three minutes later. By time firefighters arrived the blaze was extensive. Opelika Assistant Fire Chief James Morgan said the cause is under investigation, but believes lightning may have started the blaze.
Crews were able to keep the blaze from spreading to the administrative offices and the classrooms.
Trinity Presbyterian was nearing its 40th anniversary in August. Church services were held Sunday morning at the EAMC Human Resource Center on Opelika Road.
No injuries were reported in the blaze, but one firefighter got overheated while battling the blaze. He is reported to be doing fine and is drinking water. He did not have to be transported to the hospital.
Late Saturday, firefighters were salvaging items from the church, including Bibles, a piano and choir robes.
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