Danville, VA Baptist Church Fire, June 1971
FIRE CONSUMES SANCTUARY OF MOFFETT MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH.
Danville, Va. -- DR. VICTOR E. MANTIPLY, pastor of Moffett Memorial Baptist Church, intently watched as fire last night destroyed the sanctuary of the church.
Seven trucks and all off-duty personnel were rushed to the scene shortly after the 11:15 p.m. call to control the blazes. The firemen were successful in restraining the fire from adjacent church buildings and a nearby home.
The sanctuary of the 82-year-old church was totally destroyed. The only thing found remaining this morning was the Bible which had fallen to the floor after the Lectern supporting it had burned out from beneath it.
Efforts of the local fire department in contained the flames to the one building. No injuries were reported from the many spectators but many of the firemen and rescue workers suffered blistered feet from the heat, small cuts and nail punctures, said Fire Chief W. C. (TEX) BRAY.
The fire was started by a bolt of lightning during one of the severe electrical storms that moved through the area.
The Bee Danville Virginia 1971-06-30