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‘Catastrophic’ fire damages Hopewell church

Posted at 9:43 PM, Apr 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-07 19:13:33-04

HOPEWELL, Va. -- Fire investigators are working to discover what caused a Hopewell church to go up in flames Friday night

This is when firefighters were called to the Hopewell Church of the Nazarene off Smithfield Avenue around 10:40 p.m.

Crews found heavy flames and smoke shooting up from the church.

Officials said no one was inside the church at the time of the fire.

Church officials said in a Facebook post that the structure could be a total loss.

"It is with a heavy heart that we report our beloved church suffered a catastrophic fire late last night," the post reads. "Thankfully the professional first responders from Hopewell Fire & Rescue and Hopewell Police Department contained the fire quickly, and prevented a spread to our neighbors..."

Worship services will take place Sunday at the Colonial Heights Church of the Nazarene at 2:30 p.m.

"The outcry of support from our friends, family, and community has been overwhelming," church officials wrote.

Investigators are calling the fire suspicious.

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