CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Elizabeth Baptist Church on Wolf Pen Drive near Sissonville was damaged by a fire of unknown origin on Wednesday night, authorities said today.
Tim Gooch, chief of the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department, said the fire was reported about 11 p.m. Wednesday.
The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters from Sissonville and Malden Volunteer fire departments. "Pinch moved into our station while we were out."
The choir and altar areas were heavily damaged, Gooch said. Nobody was inside the church at the time of the fire. Damages are estimated at $15,000 or more, he said.
The state fire marshal has been notified and the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Gooch said.