Historic Mooreville United Methodist Church Catches Fire
It was a cold night for firefighters trying to put out the flames at a historic Falls County Church overnight. KXXV reports Mooreville United Methodist Church was up in flames at FM 2643 in Chilton. The Photo below comes from the Falls County Sheriff's Office.
The call came in about 10:30 pm last night. Church Pastor Dennis Rejeck says they are searching for clues as to how the fire got started. Rejeck spoke with KWTX late last night and said, "We're watching the bell tower burn right now." Mooreville United Methodist Church just celebrated its 150th anniversary and has been a big part of Mooreville's history during that time.
The 200 member congregation has been gathering for worship at the site since around 1866. The first congregation was reported to have 18 charter members and became the Mooreville Methodist Episcopal Church, South, as indicated by a historical marker near the site.
Firefighters from Chilton VFD, Golinda VFD, Lott VFD, along with volunteers from Marlin, Lorena, and Rosebud. Falls County Emergency Managment and the Falls County Sheriff's Office all assisted in putting out the fire.