Taylorsville church severely damaged in fire

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(castellawtl / Twitter)

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.