Davidson County church a ‘total loss’ after fire

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Sunday morning services will be much different tomorrow after a fire completely destroyed Wayside Baptist Tabernacle Church in Davidson County.

Authorities said the fire started around 3:40 a.m. Saturday and engulfed the Forest Hill Road church within a matter of minutes.

West Lexington firefighters said they’re still determining a cause of the fire. Firefighters said flames ripped through the roof of the church, causing major damage.

Members of the church said the total loss isn’t getting them down.

“I was hoping it was something minor,” said Susan Ward. “But when I got here, I saw the devastation and it devastated me.”

Firefighters used two ladder trucks to tackle the flames from the rooftop.

Ronnie Rumnage said he has been a member of the church since 1968. He said the church has a lot of memories.

“This is not the church. Our people are the church and our church is still intact,” he said.

The West Lexington Fire Department is offering their fellowship hall to the church members for service on Sunday. Since then, another church has also reached out to help.

Disaster relief crews boarded up what was left of the church after the damage. Church members said they plan on rebuilding the tabernacle.

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