Nashville church destroyed by fire

Nashville church destroyed by fire

Posted: Updated: June 17, 2013 11:45 AM

A Nashville church was destroyed by a three-alarm fire Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to the blaze just before 3 p.m. at the St. Mary's Orthodox Church on Dabbs Avenue in the Donelson area.

When the first company arrived on scene, a second alarm was called in, followed by a third.

Fire investigators believe the blaze started in a kitchen and spread throughout the church.

"It appears that the whole end of the church is gone," said Fire Chief Walter Demonbreun. "I think they have stopped it from spreading to the school at this time."

Crews were able to save a portion of the church that serves as classrooms.

St. Mary's Orthodox Church is a Christian church with a mostly Egyptian fellowship.

There was a church service there just hours before the fire started.

One neighboring house was evacuated due to the heat and smoke.

A cloud of smoke rising from the fire could be seen from more than five miles away.

No injuries were reported. The fire remains under investigation.

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