By Ray Van Dusen
HAMILTON – Volunteer firefighters responded to a fire Monday at approximately 8 a.m. at Hamilton Baptist Church.
“We fought it for about an hour. The cause is unclear, but it was possibly electrical,” said Roland Whigham, pump operator for Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department.
Whigham said a crew from Monroe County Electric Power Association reported the fire.
According to reports on the scene, the fire appeared to have started near the fuse box located at the back of the old sanctuary of the church.
According to Hamilton Baptist Church preacher Bro. Robert Moore, the old sanctuary area and Sunday School area sustained the bulk of the damage.
“What wasn’t flame damage, it’s going to be smoke and water damage,” Moore said.
It’s unclear how the church will adjust to the damage to accommodate Sunday School classes and activities in the damaged area.
The church was established in 1969, and a new sanctuary was built in 2003.
In addition to Hamilton VFD, Rural Hill, Sipsey River, Becker/Athens and Hatley volunteer fire departments responded to the fire.