Wilson church begins recovery after fire

Firefighters use ladders to put water on the roof of the First Free Will Baptist Church. (Jeremy Baker)

June 12, 2011 3:38:04 PM PDT
Members of a Wilson church are beginning the recovery process, after officials said an apparent lightning strike set off a fire in the roof of the building.It happened at the First Free Will Baptist Church at 4865 Nash Street Northwest in Wilson Friday evening.

That's east of I-95 and east of the airport.

A witness told ABC11 that there was a graduation party at the activity building about 100 yards from the main church building. The witness said the group heard a loud pop around 9 p.m., then a crack, and ran outside to see smoke coming from the top of the church.

Several people in the main church building got out safely.

More than a dozen fire trucks from various departments were on scene.

Officials said there was significant damage to the structure.

Contractors tell Eyewitness News it will take about four months to fix.

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