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UPDATE: Church Fire Ruled Arson in Logan County

It will cost more than $50,000 to fix a Logan County church after a fire ripped through it early Saturday. Investigators say it was arson at the Kistler Freewill Baptist Church.

Pastor Rolland Cook says he still has a hard time looking at all the damage in the upstairs area of his church. He says what hurts the most is this fire was arson.

"Very heart wrenching that people were out to destroy," Rolland Cook said.

Sunday, the congregation came together to hold services in the sanctuary as usual, despite the fire.
This was not the first fire at the church. The pastor says the last fire happened in the late fifties by a stove.


Church services went on as usual Sunday morning at the Kistler Freewill Baptist Church in Logan County, but the smell of smoke was everywhere.

The church went up in flames early Saturday morning.

Peggy Cook's husband Rolland has been the Pastor at the Church for 13 years.

She says the classrooms and church offices were destroyed by the flames.

The rest of the church has smoke and water damage. Damage is estimated at $75,000.

Kistler Freewill Baptist Church has been a part of the Kistler Community for more than 50 years. It is located in Logan County along Buffalo Creek.

The West Virginia Fire Marshal is expected to be on the scene Monday morning. The fire is being considered suspicious.

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