Overnight fire tears through Johnston County church

KENLY, N.C. (WNCN) – An overnight fire left a Kenly church heavily damaged.

The fire broke out just before 11 Tuesday night at the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church on Tilghman Street.

Kenly church catches fire Tuesday night (WNCN)
PHOTOS: Kenly church catches fire

On Wednesday morning, Kenly Fire Chief Paul Whitehurst told CBS North Carolina the fire is being considered accidental at this time.

Whitehurst said, “looks like the fire originated in the front of the church.”

From there, it went to the attic.

“Everything points to an accidental fire of an electrical origin so we (are going) to rule it accidental,” he said.

Whitehurst explains the fire spread quickly due to the large open areas in the old church.

The Kenly fire chief urges business and home-owners to beware of your electrical wire and appliances and ensure they are in “good working order.”

Crews from multiple departments, including Kenly, Johnston, Micro and Crossroads, worked to put out heavy flames. The firefighters battled the fire for at least an hour, finally getting it under control around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday morning, the church was a charred and shocking shell, with a chandelier still hanging inside.

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