An early morning fire has caused significant damage to the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Biscoe.
Riley Beaman of Uwharrie Mountain Radio told WMTG that Montgomery County Fire Departments from Biscoe, Troy, Star and Candor were dispatched to the scene at 2:04 a.m. in response to reports of a structure fire with heavy smoke and fire visible. Biscoe Fire Chief Tripp Myrick and his engine were the first company on the scene, arriving to a fully-involved working structure fire.
The cause of the blaze was not immediately known, but eyewitnesses told Uwharrie Mountain Radio that the fire appeared to originate in the front entrance of the church, working its way into the attic space, where it then vented itself through the roof.
The church steeple collapsed into the Sanctuary.
Authorities told media that about half of the church sustained heavy damage, but Beaman said fire crews were able to salvage a large part of the church and its structure.
Reports say the State Bureau of Investigation arrived around daybreak to assist in the investigation. As of this morning, the Biscoe Fire Department remained on the scene for observation and to assist investigators and law enforcement on scene.
Earlier this week, Davidson County firefighters responded when lightning struck the steeple of Jersey Baptist Church in Lexington early Monday afternoon. That church was not seriously damaged.