Members gather at West A Tabernacle Baptist Church following fire

by: Trish Williford Updated:

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. —

Sunday morning service went on as scheduled today at West A Tabernacle Baptist Church, one day after the church caught fire.

Today members gathered a few feet away in their fellowship hall for the service.

A member arrived at the church early Saturday morning and found thick billows of smoke coming from the roof.

It took 50 firefighters to get the flames under control on the main floor.

Fire investigators later turned over the case to police after finding evidence suggesting the fire wasn't an accident.

The pastor told us today that possibility isn't killing the spirit of his members.

"We're trying to keep everyone in high hopes, this is only a building," says Pastor Nicholas Jackson.

Jackson says the fire actually started in the baptismal area.

Members just celebrated the church's 50th anniversary.