Historic N.C. Church Burns to Ground

SURRY COUNTY, N.C. -- Fire investigators from Surry County and the State Bureau of Investigation are trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed an historic church. Firefighters from as many as nine separate...


SURRY COUNTY, N.C. --

Fire investigators from Surry County and the State Bureau of Investigation are trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed an historic church.

Firefighters from as many as nine separate agencies were called to the Shoals United Methodist Church, at 4245 Shoals Road, before 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

When they arrived, they found the more than 100 year old building engulfed in flames.

According to the chief of the Shoals Fire Department, firefighters were forced into a defensive position.

Firefighters battled the flames for more than two hours, but say the building was a total loss.

The church had just begun renovations to the sanctuary, and were planning an expansion.

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