State News

April 16, 2013

Fire engulfs historic church in Athens

ATHENS — Fire officials are investigating a blaze that heavily damaged a church that dates back more than a century in Athens.

Authorities said the Oconee Street United Methodist Church caught fire Monday night. Firefighters began battling the blaze around 10:15 p.m.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/107OPsu) that University of Georgia graduate student Chris Ginn made the 911 call. Ginn, who lives in the neighborhood, said he was on his way home from his office on campus when he saw smoke pouring from the church steeple.

Dr. Maxine Easom, who was at the scene, said the church was moved to the lot it now sits on in 1902. Easom grew up down the street from the church and still owns a house in the neighborhood.

Authorities were not certain what caused the fire.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com

 

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