The State Fire Marshal's office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are taking the lead in the investigation into church fire in Gurley.
The fire happened at Mount Pisgah Seventh Day Adventist Church on Church Street near Highway 72 just after two o'clock Sunday afternoon.
Volunteer fire crews from Central, Keel Mountain, Big Cove, Owens Cross Roads and Gurley responded to the fire. The Madison County Sheriff's Office, Gurley Police and HEMSI were also at the scene.
Right now, state officials can't comment on the investigation, but a deputy on the scene said they will be able to give us more information Monday morning.
Church services at Mount Pisgah are on Saturdays, but the pastor and some church members were in the building Sunday afternoon for a regularly scheduled board meeting. Carolyn Ward-Moore left the church not long before the fire started.
"The timing is very providential as far as I'm concerned," Ward-Moore said
Church pastor Auldwin Humphrey told us it's too soon to say what the plan is for Saturday's services, but he's confident everything is going to work out.
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