Historic Old Village church catches fire

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Mt. Pleasant, S.C.(WCIV) — Police responded to a Sunday morning church fire at St Andrews church in the old village. Firefighters were battling the blaze a little before 4 a.m., before the sun came up.

An ABC News 4 photographer on scene states that the roof caved in and there was significant water damage.

According to the church's Facebook page post at 5:35 a.m., damage to the ministry center is extensive. The church believes the historic church is unharmed and there were no injuries reported.

Mt Pleasant Fire Chief Mike Mixon praised the department for their quick response.

"They did a really good job. There was a lot of fire when they got here. And they were able to save the old part of the sanctuary and stop it," he said. "A large church with a large congregation is tough on us. We care about this community, we love this community, we want to do everything we can to help them."

William B Ellison Jr., a church member, said his wife was woken up by smoke in their bedroom.

"The ministry's center was built 15 or 20 years ago and is really the heart and soul of the church," Ellison said.

Mt. Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie called the scene, "devastating."

" We have a lot to be thankful for. But it's devastating," he said. "This is my church. I was coming to worship here this morning. All morning people have been standing here talking about the fact that even if this was not their church, their place of worship, they've been to weddings here, or they got married here, or they went to church, school or kindergarten here."

Molly Leigh, a church member said, "It's such a gracious community to be apart of. And our faith has really grown here in ways that I could have never anticipated. And that's what we're all leaning on right now–our faith."

This is an ongoing story and will be updated.

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