According to Gate City's Fire Chief Jeff Brickey, the fire that utterly destroyed the Pentecostal Powerhouse Church located on Virginia Avenue in Gate City doesn't appear to be suspicious at this time.The investigation into the fire has been turned over to the Scott County Sheriff's Offices and the State Police arson investigator has been notified and are headed to the site of the overnight church fire that happened late Monday night.
At this time there is no indication as to the cause of the fire but the results of the investigation will be made public when they finish.
Meanwhile a house fire on Sugar Street in the Adwolfe section of Smyth County, Virginia was reported late Saturday evening. Adwolfe Fire Department Chief Widner stated that there was only one man home at the time and he was transported to the hospital for his injuries, which were most likely smoke related. The house fire caused severe damage and investigators are looking into the cause of the fire at this time.
Functioning smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home reduces the risk of dying in a fire by fifty percent. On average three out of every five fire related deaths in Virginia occur in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or non-working smoke alarms (21%). Remember to check yours are in working order.