ACCOMACK COUNTY - Authorities now say a church in Accomack County that caught fire Wednesday morning is not connected to a series of arsons they've been investigating since November 2012. State Police say the cause of the church fire was not arson.
Fire was spotted just before 9:00 a.m. at Adams United Methodist Church on Lee Mont Road in Parksley. The roof and steeple containing a thousand-pound bell collapsed.
Captain Jimmy Diskette with Parksley EMS said the church, which is active, was empty at the time, so no one was hurt.
"The hardest thing about losing the building is the history. All the weddings, all the baptisms echo through these wall," said Pastor Carl Perez.
Agents with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the fire.