NEW: Church Blaze Still A Mystery

Posted: May 7, 2014

Daily News-Record

Three months after a Page County fire destroyed a decades-old church near Shenandoah, investigators are still looking for a cause.

Sheriff’s deputies met with the church leaders on Monday to release their findings. Investigators haven’t found a cause.

“It’ undetermined at this point,” said Page County sheriff's Investigator Capt. Bow Cook on Wednesday. “It may change if we develop more evidence, or it could be ruled accidental.”

Investigators sent materials taken from the burned remnants of Oak Grove United Methodist Church to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lab for analysis.

He said the results have been returned but they haven’t been able to lead investigators to a cause. He said investigators are continuing to conduct interviews.

The fire at the church southeast of Shenandoah broke out about 5 a.m. on Feb. 5. The red brick structure is located at 2279 Fleeburg Road.

ATF agents have been working with Page County investigators for several months to determine a cause. Investigators say they found a point of origin for the fire but declined to say where.

About 50 members attend the church, which has been holding services at Grove Hill United Methodist Church.



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