Fire levels 91-year-old church sanctuary in Carroll Co.

Fire levels 91-year-old church sanctuary in Carroll Co.

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CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. -

A fast-moving morning fire devastated the Bethesda Baptist Church in Carrollton. The old sanctuary building, established in 1922, appears to be a total loss with little more than cinder and blackened brick as reminders of the structure.

The church pastor says the church's family life center and nursery are in good condition. The church was established in 1846 and hosts 50 to 60 members for worship service on Sundays.

A 911 call about the fire came in about 4:30 a.m.  Carroll County fire crews responding found the sanctuary, located in the 500 block of Bethesda Church Road, fully involved upon their arrival.

Atlanta- State Fire Investigators and the ATF are looking into what caused the fire. So far, authorities say there's been no indication of foul play.

There's been no confirmation of fire-related injuries.

Authorities blocked Bethesda Church Road near the church as fire crews worked to knock down the fire, saving what they could of the church. Motorists were advised to use Bonner Goldmine and Thomas Wilson roads until further notice.

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens estimated the damage to the church at about $1.7 million.

The congregation must now decide how to move forward.

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