Taylorsville church severely damaged in fire

Lightning is likely to blame for an Alexander County church fire Saturday.

Images posted to social media show flames engulfing Bethlehem Baptist Church near Taylorsville. A photo posted to Twitter by @castellawtl shows the portion of an exterior wall collapsing as uncontrolled flames spread.

Numerous fire departments responded and got the fire under control in about two hours.

Initial reports indicate a thunderstorm may have started the fire. Fox 46 News radar shows a lightning-producing thunderstorm moving across the area at the time.

Fox 46 News is awaiting a call back from officials to learn more information.

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