A Bassett church and parsonage were destroyed Wednesday morning by a fire.
Investigators believe the fire started in the parsonage next to the Truth and Faithful Gospel Church. The fire started in the parsonage's attic and spread to the church, according to Henry County Fire Marshal Steve Draper.
The cause of the fire does not appear to be suspicious but investigators are not sure how it was started, Draper said.
The fire started around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Fire crews were still putting out hot spots Thursday morning.
Draper says the parsonage and church are assessed at $110,000, but the cost to repair both will likely be much more.
Goldie Wright lives nearby. She said in all of her 91 years, it's the worst fire she's ever seen.
"To me, being almost 91, it was about the worst thing that I believe I've ever seen,” Wright said.
Wright has lived across the street from Truth and Faithful Gospel Church in Bassett for nearly 50 years.
Early Wednesday morning she woke up to make instant coffee.
"Looked like there was spotlights right in the windows, it was real bright. And so I got up and peeped out through my blinds first and the house was in a full blaze," Wright said.
When fire fighters got there just after 5:30 a.m., the church and nearby parsonage were in flames.
It leveled the home. Barely a foundation and the fireplace remain.
Neighbors say a family was living in the home, and the church had just reopened after being closed for a few years.
It's nearly gutted. Through the front door you can see scorched pews and partially fallen wooden beams lying haphazardly in the sanctuary.
The Henry County fire marshal just started his investigation and says it doesn't look suspicious.
He says the fire started in the home and spread into the church's attic and didn't relent.
"Just waking up, and your bedroom all lit up just brighter than it's ever been," Wright said. “And I mean it was a blaze. That's the biggest fire I've ever seen in my lifetime."