Lower King and Queen Baptist Church destroyed by overnight fire

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KING AND QUEEN COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A local church building in King and Queen County was destroyed in a fire overnight.

Over 40 personnel responded to the fire on 204 Timber Branch Road at Lower King and Queen Baptist Church.

Authorities said there were no injuries as a result of the fire.

Units from Central King and Queen Fire, Lower King and Queen Fire, Walkerton Community Fire Association, Upper King and Queen Fire Department, and King and Queen Emergency Services responded with mutual aid units from Middlesex, Essex and King William County.

Smoke and ashes are left behind of what once was for members of the church.

Tommy Longest, a 40-year deacon at the church, said what he saw at the scene was devastating.

“It’s sad all through the community. All through the church,” he said. “I was raised in this church. I am 67 years old. I joined the church here. I became a deacon here. All my memories are here.”

Longest said the church burned down in 1920 and was rebuilt in 1921 — one hundred years ago. Now, it has burned down again.

Despite the pain, he and members of the congregation are keeping the faith.

“The building is burnt down but the congregation is still well,” he said.

The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation and units are remaining on the scene throughout the morning.

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