TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A church caught fire late Wednesday morning in Tullahoma, damaging around 50 percent of the building.
The fire department was notified of the fire at Pleroma Bible Church just before 10:40 a.m. and arrived to flames shooting from the attic. Crews were able to extinguish it by 1:15 p.m.
Officials tell News 2 an electricity meter was stolen from the church the day before the fire. Utility crews had come to the site Wednesday and just replaced the meter before the blaze started.
Pleroma Bible Church, formed in 2001, had recently purchased the property and started holding worship there about a month ago.
“It’s definitely not expected. In fact, we had just moved the last of our personal property from the old building to here Monday,” said church elder Craig Northcott.
Church leadership will meet Wednesday night to discuss future plans. Other churches have reached out to Pleroma to offer space for Sunday services.
“So obviously it was disappointing to see it burning down. But we’re satisfied that the Lord has a plan for us, and we’re trusting Him. And we will find a place to meet and serve Him in any way that He chooses for us,” Northcott told News 2.
The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the possibility of arson. But since the power had just been restored to the building prior to it starting, it’s possible the blaze was electrical in nature.