Authorities are continuing their assessment of the fire that damaged First Baptist Church in Biscoe early Tuesday morning.
About half of the church was damaged by fire, smoke and water, and the State Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were called in to help determine how the fire started.
Firefighters who were on the scene said the fire appeared to have started near the front of the church. An unidentified church deacon told WFMY-TV that the fire may have been electrical in nature, and Biscoe Fire Chief Tripp Myrick told reporters that an initial look did not indicate “anything suspicious.”
Reports say church members were able to salvage some hymnals and musical equipment from the Sanctuary. They are planning to have worship Sunday in the adjacent Fellowship Hall, which was protected in part by a firewall that separates the main sections of the church.