JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Investigators are trying to find out how a
fire broke out in a Jackson church.
The blaze destroyed The Greater Alpha and Omega
Non-Denominational Church Saturday evening.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, the church was already
engulfed in flames, said Jackson Fire Department District 2 Fire
Chief Wilbert Gardner.
"Fire was coming out the windows," Gardner said.
Soon after firefighters arrived, the roof collapsed.
It took less than an hour to get the fire under control. There
were no injuries.
The cause was not immediately known. An arson investigator with
the Jackson Fire Department was on hand to begin sifting through
Richard Smith, a deacon at the church, said he had been
preparing the church for Sunday services earlier in the day. He
said he left a little more than an hour before the 911 call went to
the Jackson Fire Department, and he saw nothing unusual before he
The church's pastor, Bishop Myrtle McAllister, was in McComb on
Saturday. When reached, she said the church would rebuild.
"It's just a building," Smith said. "The church is in us."

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