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Church ‘total loss’ after massive fire engulfs building Monday in Iredell County

Old Western Avenue Baptist Church was fully involved when Statesville firefighters arrived. Statesville Fire Department photo
Old Western Avenue Baptist Church was fully involved when Statesville firefighters arrived. Statesville Fire Department photo

A massive fire destroyed a church in Iredell County early Monday morning.

Old Western Avenue Baptist Church was engulfed with flames as firefighters work to extinguish the fire.

Statesville Fire Department says the building is a “total loss” due to the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation however official say it will not likely be determine for some time due to the extensive damage.

Officials have not confirmed if anyone was injured as a result of the fire.

Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering beats including schools, crime, immigration, the LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and art history, and a minor in geology.

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