Fire at Memphis church ruled arson

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A historic Memphis church went up in flames Sunday night, and fire officials say it was intentionally set.

According to officials, it started around 11:30 p.m. Sunday at Eastland Presbyterian Church on Jackson Avenue. That church has been a part of the Nutbush community since 1906.

When first responders arrived they said flames could be seen from the back of the building and then quickly spread to the attic. The back of the church sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

Thankfully first responders were able to douse the blaze quickly and without injury. The building did not have a sprinkler system. Damages were estimated at $20,000.

Monday afternoon, Memphis fire officials said the fire had been set in the church's library area.

The building did not have electricity and members haven't met there in about a month. WREG's Melissa Moon was told the congregation is small so it will be hard for them to repair the damage.



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