Cross withstands as blaze tears through local church

FLEMINGTON— At approximately 11:58 p.m. on Monday, September 7, the Flemington Volunteer Fire Department (FVFD) was called out to a structure fire, as a blaze tore its way through the Flemington Assembly of God Church, located at 1001 West Veterans Memorial Hwy.

According to FVFD Fire Chief Geoff Marshall, his crew, alongside of members from the Bridgeport and Grafton Fire Departments battled the flames for nearly three and a half hours before they were fully extinguished.

After their initial attack, the department was called to the church again around 8:48 a.m., on Tuesday, September 8, and later that same afternoon at approximately 1:10 p.m.,  as the flames were attempting to rekindle.

Fortunately, members of the FVFD worked quickly and efficiently each time they were called to the scene, putting a stop to the reawakening spark in just a matter of minutes.

Officials from the church said that although the structure has been deemed a total loss, they plan to rebuild from the destruction, finding hope in the fact that the church’s cross did not receive any damage from the inferno.

Additionally, church officials advised their members and the community that they will be hosting a Sunday service on September 13 in the parking lot if the weather allows; this service will also be streamed live on their Facebook page,

Marshall conveyed that there were no injuries reported as a result of the incident, and shared that the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office, in conjunction with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, is investigating the cause of the fire.

While the crews battled the fire, Philippi Volunteer Fire Department lent a hand, covering Flemington’s station, and the Flemington Medical Emergency Squad was also on scene.

“Everyone did a great job. They worked swiftly and worked together very well. We appreciate the aid from our fellow departments,” Marshall voiced. “At the end of it, everyone went home safe and no one was injured, and that’s all that matters.” 


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