McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Failing to come up with any proof that arson destroyed a rural Fulton County church early Saturday morning, investigators ruled Thursday that the fire was caused by faulty wiring.
The exact cause of the fire won't be determined until sometime next week, when an electrical engineer from an insurance company inspects the scene, said Pennsylvania State Trooper Tom Marshall, a state fire marshal who led the investigation.
"We ruled it an accidental fire due to an electrical malfunction," Marshall said.
He said investigators determined that the fire that destroyed the Calvary Independent Baptist Church, on U.S. 522 two miles north of McConnellsburg, started in the rear of the church near the stage and baptismal.
"There was too much damage for us to pinpoint it any more than that," Marshall said. He said there was no evidence that any incendiary device or accelerant was used.