Belden church fire under investigation

Pastor of Belden church fire says it is a miracle, the whole church didn't burn to flames.

Posted: Aug 21, 2018 3:17 PM
Updated: Aug 22, 2018 9:17 AM

BELDEN, Miss. (WTVA) - A fire at a Belden church is nothing short of a miracle.

Someone cut through the screen of a back window of the church, and then threw a molotov cocktail through the glass, according to Pastor Joshua Hopkins. Instead of the whole church burning to flames, the fire put out itself. A storage area and its contents suffered damaged.

"That was a hot fire. It melted everything from the top down, but God just said no that fire is not going to leave that room. It's beauty," Hopkins said. "That's God working. We call it a glory sighting. That's what our church calls it when you can't comprehend what God was doing"

Tupelo police confirm officers and firefighters were called Sunday morning, to Belden United Methodist Church on Endville Road. An elder of the church was the one to smell smoke and reveal the damaged room.

Police say the fire was out when church members arrived for Sunday morning service. However, police determined the fire was of “suspicious origins.”

It's unclear as to when the fire actually happened. After speaking with Hopkins, he said fire officials heat tested the room, and they say it was there for a few days.

Police say they suspect arson.

The congregation of the church hopes the suspect will come forward soon.

"We have insurance, we have things that will take care of this room, what people need to pray for is the person that did this," Hopkins explains. "Because that means that person, is the farthest away from God that they can be."


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