UPDATE | SLED rules cause of fire "undetermined" for Glover Grove Baptist

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Monday, June 29, 2015

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW) -- SLED teams say after investigating a church fire at Glover Grove Baptist Friday morning, they have not been able to determine a cause to that fire, or an exact origin.

SLED released the statement Monday afternoon which said they could not eliminate all accidental ignition sources to determine a cause. Investigators also say they did not find any criminal intent.



Friday, June 26, 2015 News 12 @ 6 O'Clock

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW) -- Revival is the word on the church marquee and on the mind of Pastor Bobby Jones at Glover Grove Baptist Church.

"Revival means whatever we have instilled in us," said Jones, "Every low in spirit we can be revived spiritually. And we low in spirit, but God revived in us before it even started."

Police were called out to the church on Project Road in Warrenville at 3:26 AM, Friday morning. The church was already engulfed in flames when Lois Jones, Pastor Bobby Jones' wife, was woken by a neighbor with something she could not believe.

"The church is on fire and I looked across the field and sure enough just in a blaze," said Lois Jones.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office, SLED and the FBI have all been a part of the investigation looking into what caused the fire. Officials say that they do not want to jump to any conclusions.

"It's early i think we'll have a determination some time today, but we don't want to speculate anything at this time," said Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt.

All possibilities are still open at this point from an electrical problem to foul play. Church deacon Angilus Williams says that he finds it hard to believe that it would have been an electrical problem because Pastor Jones is an electrician.

"It seems strange this time of the morning the church catch fire because the pastor, he' a licensed electrician like I said we never had any electrical problems," said Williams.

While the church waits for the results of the investigation, Jones says he has that feeling of revival in him.

"I've got a feeling of revival right now that it going to happen because of this we going to turn it," said Jones, "Turn it to his glory."

The investigation has been handed over to SLED, as no determination on what caused the fire has been given yet.

The church congregation will meet tonight at 7 PM at the church. On Sunday they plan on holding the service at a different location. Pastor Jones says they do plan on rebuilding the church again.


Friday, June 26, 2015

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW)-- An investigation is underway at the Gloversgrove Baptist Church, according to the Langley fire chief.

The church, which opened up 33 years ago, caught on fire just before 3:30 A.M. The flames were already through the roof when crews arrived on scene.

Project Road at Keith Drive was shut down as crews worked to extinguish the flames, but has since reopened.

No one was injured.