The fire at Metter Presbyterian leaves church memberssaddened at their loss but also shocked at how investigators think it started.The brick exterior hides the fire and smoke damage inside. Len Hunnicut'sfamily has been members here for much of the church's 112 years. He rushedthere when he heard about the fire Friday evening.
Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens saidthe fire happened around 5 p.m. Friday in Candler County.
"The feeling when I got here was shock and heart brokenand sick to my stomach about what's happened here," he said.
Investigators found this broken window and think someoneforced their way in and set the fire. Church members find themselves asking onequestion.
"Why? Why would you do this to the Lord's house? He'snever done anything to you," pondered member Casey Hendrix.
Authorities are asking that anyone with information aboutthe fire call the state's arson hotline at 1-800-282-5804. A reward of up to$10,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction ofa suspect.
Church members say they are grateful to police andfirefighters as they try to figure out this mystery. The congregation hasalready made plans to meet off site for worship until repairs are made.