No foul play suspected in fire that destroyed 114-year-old church

GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - New information was released this week on a fire that destroyed a 114-year-old church in Georgetown.

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The Georgetown Fire Department and the State Law Enforcement Division found no reason to suspect foul play at St. Stephen AME Church.

The building was more than 100 years old and built out of wood, which caused the fire to spread fast.

It caught fire on Oct. 23.

The damage was so severe that investigators haven't found the exact cause of the fire.

"Just to see it crumble like this - It's really hurtful," said Rev. Carl Anderson. "But we're thankful to God that it did not happen during our worship service because I know some lives would have been lost."

Assistant Fire Chief Bill Johnson tells said that some of the flames got as high as 50 feet. No one was injured, but the church was destroyed.

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