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Fire destroys Moyock church
The Daily Advance (May 7, 1996)

MOYOCK - A bolt of lightening struck the Moyock Baptist Church early Monday morning sparking a blaze that destroyed half of the historical structure.

The fire swept through the church's sanctuary but firefighters were able to contain the blze before it engulfed the newer fellowship hall, which is adjacent to the main church.

Founded in the last century, the church would have celebrated its 107th anniversary this Sunday.

Moyock volunteer firefighters who arrived at the scene a few minutes after 3 a.m. Monday found the sanctuary almost totally engulfed in flames.

"It was already lit up and through the roof when we got here," said William Forehand, a Moyock Volunteer.

Volunteers from Crawford department and firefighters from a Chesapeake station also responded, fighting the blaze until it finally extinguished approximately six hours later.

It took several hours for the firefighters to gain control of the fire, firefighters said.

"With a lightening strike, the fire is almost instantaneous from one end to the other," said William Rhodes, a Chesapeake firefighter.

Spectators praised the firefighter, saying they did a "super job" in saving the new section of the church, which contained the fellowship hall. About 6,500 square-feet of the 10,000 square-foot structure was destroyed by the blaze.

However, firefighters did manage to save some historically-significant items including the original, handwritten record of the church's founding and a chapel bell that had been in the church for decades.

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