McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - An early morning fire Saturday gutted a small country church, forcing its congregation to hold services in a former theater until their church can be rebuilt.
The Rev. David M. Carroll, pastor of the Independent Baptist Church on U.S. 522 about two miles north of McConnellsburg, said the main part of his one-story brick church was destroyed in the 4:30 a.m. blaze. His study, other offices, a classroom and kitchen facilities in the basement sustained heavy water and smoke damage, he said.
Lt. Michael Lynch of the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Department, said the church was empty at the time. The state fire marshal's office is investigation the cause, he said. The alarm was turned in by a passerby, he said.
There were no injuries. Officials said U.S. 522 was closed while the fire was being fought.
Nine fire companies from Fulton, Franklin and Bedford counties responded, Lyunch said.