UPDATE: Henry County church has rekindled

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Henry County Public Dispatch has confirmed that Antioch Christian Church has caught fire again.

Firefighters are on scene working to put the flames out.

The cause of the rekindling is unknown.


The Henry County fire marshal says the fire at Antioch Christian Church was accidental.

It was determined that the fire started from an overheated cord on a lamp near a piano.

From the melted flowers above the door to the mangled mess at the altar, a fire destroyed nearly everything in this sanctuary at the Antioch Christian Church.

"For something like this to happen is unbelievable, but we still know God is in charge he'll make everything all right," said Rita Wade, who has been a member of this church for more than 50 years.

"It was devastating, it feels like a part of me has been lost and I know you can build back but still it won't be the same."

Fire investigators spent the day investigating the cause of the fire and decided it was accidental.

"It occurred in the sanctuary near the piano, there was an electric light for the piano to help read music. It was plugged in but it wasn't turned on," said Henry County Fire Marshal Lisa Garrett.

"Unfortunately I think there were some hymnals that had been stacked on top of the cord, we think over time it overheated the chord and was the ignition source for the fire."

Church members say they are grateful no one was hurt.

"We'll make it, we'll make it until we can get back in the church," said Wade.

Church members plan to host their weekly service in another location this Sunday.


An investigation is underway after a church caught fire in Henry County.

Crews responded to Antioch Christian Church on Spencer Preston Road shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday night.

The fire has been contained, but the Fire Marshal said the structure was significantly damaged.

We are told no criminal action is suspected at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.

Stay with WDBJ7 for updates.

Photo courtesy: Veronica Panizzi