McCALLA, Ala. (TAB) — Despite a fire at its building early Saturday morning (July 26), Sunday morning worship at Bellview Baptist Church, McCalla, was not affected.
The church’s alarm went off around 1:30 a.m. on July 26, said Pastor Tim Hassler.
An intruder had apparently broken into the building through a window and proceeded to set some pieces of church furniture on fire.
A neighbor living near the church grounds happened to witness the fire and began honking his car horn to scare the arson suspect away.
In addition to the damage done to a couple furniture items and the large window, glass had also been shattered on two of the building’s glass doors.
Hassler noted the fire caused minimal damage and that it “could have been so much worse.”
Due to the assistance of church members and work crews that helped Saturday to clear out the smoke from the building and board up the broken window, Sunday morning worship at Bellview went on as usual, he said.
The investigation is ongoing, and the church is currently in the process of working with its insurance company regarding repairs that need to be made.
Hassler noted that even if the intruder had caused serious damage, “the building is just a building. God has placed a great church family here … to continue sharing God’s Word,” he said.