Multiple Fire Departments Battle Statesville (NC) Church Fire

Statesville church fire

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Photos and information from Joshua Smith

Firefighters responded to a massive fire earlier this month in a century-old church in Statesville, North Carolina.

The Western Avenue Baptist Church was built in 1918 and was considered a historic landmark. The fire took three days to extinguish and involved five fire departments, with Statensville units being first on scene.

Joshua Smith is a battalion chief with the Statesville (NC) Fire Department.

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