Large fire breaks out at church in Mount Airy

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MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – A large fire broke out at a church in Mount Airy on Sunday night, but nobody was inside at the time of the fire.

(Photo provided by Taylor Goad)
(Photo provided by Taylor Goad)

Authorities said the fire started at Bannertown Baptist Church at 1834 Westfield Road at about 6 p.m.

About 35 firefighters from five different departments were called to the scene, according to officials. Crews were still there as of about 10 p.m. Sunday.

A youth service was planned for later in the day when the fire broke out, but no church members were inside during the time of the fire.

Somebody stepped inside, smelled the smoke and called authorities, according to officials.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but officials said no foul play is currently suspected.

Officials said some of the damage from the fire can be recovered. One firefighter suffered minor injuries on the scene while battling the flames.

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