A fourth fire took place at a local United Methodist church over the last week, this time in Greensboro. The latest fire happened around 9:40 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, when Greensboro fire departments responded to St. Timothy's United Methodist Church.
Greensboro Fire Department’s Deputy Chief Clarence Hunter said an out building at St. Timothy’s, located at 5228 Hilltop Road, caught on fire. The fire resulted in a total loss of the building.
Hunter said the fire remains under investigation.
The possibility of the fire being accidental makes fire investigators unsure if this fire relates to a string of fires at local United Methodist churches in Rockingham and Guilford counties, all of which have been ruled as arson.
St. Timothy’s became the fourth United Methodist church fire since Dec. 22. Someone started a fire at both Gideon Grove United Methodist Church and Mt. Zion UMC in Stokesdale and Bethel UMC in Guilford County. Less than ten miles separate the three churches.
This latest fire is 19 miles away from the other three. The Rockingham County and Guilford County Fire Marshal’s Offices are working with the Rockingham County and Guilford County Sheriff’s Offices, the State Bureau of Investigation and the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives while investigating this case.
“There are no updates on the case but we’re continuing to follow up on leads,” Rockingham County Fire Marshal Robert Cardwell said.
Anyone with information about the fires is asked to call the Rockingham County Fire Marshal’s Office at 336-634-3300 or Rockingham County Crimestoppers at 336-349-9683.