No Criminal Intent Suspected In Second Morrow County Church Fire


UPDATED: Friday December 13, 2013 3:49 PM

The Division of State Fire Marshal does not suspect any criminal intent or suspicious activity involved in a fire that destroyed a Marengo church Tuesday morning.

The Gethsemane Baptist Church burned for hours Tuesday. Firefighters arrived on scene around 10:50 a.m. and found heavy smoke in the basement.

The State Fire Marshal said the exact cause of the fire is still unknown, but they believe it started in the drop ceiling and the first floor.

Investigators could not rule out electrical components in the area of origin.

The Baptist church is the second Marengo church to burn to the ground in Morrow County since November.

The only Catholic church in the county caught fire on Thanksgiving morning. The cause is still undetermined.

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