Fire destroyed the century old Centenary Methodist Church in rural western Chesterfield early yesterday (11/13). When the first Chesterfield firefighters arrived, just after 4:00 a.m., the building was fully engulfed.
Chesterfield Fire Lt. Jason Elmore noted there are no fire hydrants in the area so in addition to four engines and a ladder truck, water tanker trucks were dispatched. “Three of ours and one from Amelia County Fire Department in order to bring water to the scene.”
Fire marshals, he said, are still working to figure out where and how the fire started. “It’s a very difficult job for them. The sanctuary, the roof, all of that collapsed down into a basement area and it makes it extremely difficult for the fire investigators.”
The pastor, the Rev. Pennie Foy, said members are lifting up and comforting each other and they are the church. “We’ve lost our building,” she said, “but we have not lost the church itself.”