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Chesterfield church fire ruled accidental

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — The fire that burned Centenary United Methodist Church in Chesterfield to the ground has been ruled accidental, according to the Chesterfield County Fire Marshals.

“After completing their investigation, fire investigators have ruled out anything suspicious. While the exact cause could not be determined, investigators believe the fire started toward the front of the church because of an electrical malfunction,” Chesterfield Fire and EMS spokesperson Lt. Jason Elmore said. “There were several electrical components in the area of fire origin; however, due to the significant amount of damage caused by the fire the exact source could not be determined.”

Members of the Winterpock church said they planned to rebuild after the devastating fire.

“It’s a small congregation, but it is family and we will stick together,” church member Scott Phillips said.

The fire was reported at 4 a.m. on November 13 along the 11000 Beaver Bridge Road.