ATF and state fire marshal’s office investigating fire at Gurley church

GURLEY, Ala. - Sunday, Fire crews from Keel Mountain, Owens Cross Road, Central, Big Cove, and Gurley were called to a fire at Mt. Pisgah Seventh Day Adventist Church just after 2 p.m. in Gurley

Gurley Police, the Madison County Sheriff's Office, and HEMSI were also called to the fire. No injuries were reported.

Church services at Mount Pisgah are on Saturdays, but the pastor and some church members were in the building Sunday afternoon for a regularly scheduled board meeting. Pastor Auldwin Humphrey says he's thankful for the timing.

"We cut the agenda short so members of the board could make other appointments, and probably if we had carried out that agenda, we would have still been in there when something happened," he said.

The blaze did not spread to the church sanctuary. The fellowship hall sustained the most damage - a gaping hole in the roof.

The pastor says they've been putting a lot of work into the church recently and they refuse to let this fire discourage them.

"We're getting a new sign, we just put in the new parking lot. So everything is on the upbeat. The enemy wants to discourage us, and we refuse," Humphrey said.

He says he wants members to remain hopeful, and to remember: 'God works in mysterious ways.'

"Perhaps we've become too comfortable and maybe he's stirring the nest," Humphrey said.

Church clerk Carolyn Ward-Moore told WHNT News 19 the city of Gurley has offered the congregation two facilities for worship.

Sunday afternoon, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives along with the state fire marshal's office were investigating the blaze.

Fire marshals said they plan to have a preliminary report in the morning, with a final report on Tuesday.

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