Community reacts after fire destroys Union Baptist Church in Greenville

A fire destroys Union Baptist Church in South Greenville Tuesday around 2:30 in the afternoon.

An Upstate community is trying to keep their heads up this morning after a fire destroyed Union Baptist Church in South Greenville Tuesday around 2:30 in the afternoon.

South Greenville Fire Department, along with Belmont Fire had the flames under control in about a half hour.

The flames wiped out the interior and left just a few walls standing.

For many, Union Baptist Church was the glue that held the community together.

“I actually grew up here at this church, I was baptized at this church, I started singing here. This is basically my foundation,” says Quentin Flemmings.

“When we got the call, I thought it was something small, but then when we pulled up and seen all the flames I just started crying. Now it’s just like, what do we do?” says Tyesha McGee.

Church members hope, that in time, their hometown church will recover bigger and better than before.

“God, he’s got a plan for Union and we’re claiming it because we know we’re going to come out stronger,” says Bernice Posley, the Church’s Business Administrator.

Asst. Chief Matt Sutherland of the South Greenville Fire Department says they’ll help anyway possible to keep the community’s faith alive.

“We’ve offered our support if they need a building for Sunday in order to hold their church services and we’ve also offered if he needs us, we will attempt to contact other church’s in the area so they can still have church on Sunday,” says Sutherland.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

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