Heavy smoke damaged Trinity Lutheran Church in Henrico County on Easter Sunday
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -
The Henrico County fire Marshal's Office says the cause of a fire which damaged a Henrico church Sunday remains under investigation. Authorities are asking anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the blaze to contact them.
Just hours after members of Trinity Lutheran Church gathered for Easter service April 20, their church caught fire, causing major damage.
"It's an understatement to say we are devastated by the effects of the fire,” said Michael Pottschmidt, the senior pastor.
Henrico fire crews rushed to the church at 2315 N. Parham Rd. after the automatic smoke alarm went off.
"The first engine arrived on the scene and saw heavy black smoke coming from the roof and all the vent and called for a second alarm based on the size of the building and the amount of smoke that they saw,” said Fire Chief Tony McDowell. More than a dozen fire trucks responded.
"Firefighters made their way into the building and found heavy smoke banked all the way down to the floor and through the entire sanctuary and entrance area."
The church suffered extensive smoke and heat damage. Luckily, no one was in the church when the fire broke out.
“The one bit of good news on this Easter Sunday is that no one was hurt,” said McDowell.
And although they won't be able to gather inside the church for a while, the members are grateful.
"We talked about a message of hope, and this is kinda a real life, practical application of that message about Jesus who changes our present circumstances,” said Pottschmidt.
The Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire and asks anyone with information or who may have been in the area to call them at 804-501-7310.