SBI: Church Fire Ruled Arson

JACKSONVILLE - The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation rules a church fire in Jacksonville is arson.

That fire started about 1:30 a.m. Thursday at the Wings of Faith Ministries. That church is located on Hargett Street in the New River area.

Two Jacksonville firefighters were treated for heat-related injuries by Onslow County Emergency Medical Services. One firefighter was transported to Onslow Memorial Hospital where he remains in good condition.  Units from Camp Lejeune Fire Department and JFD Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

The building was under renovation and with no electric power to the building at the time of the fire.  Pastor Joseph Morgan tells NewsChannel 12 that he purchased the church in 2005 after spending more than 30 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

"Our faith has not diminished at all, and I still believe that God is a God that knows all," said Morgan.

Since the church was under renovation, Morgan was currently holding services at 703 Aragona Boulevard.

Morgan said that since 2005, he has spent countless hours and thousands of dollars on the renovation, but the building was not insured.

"We had just finished laying ceramic throughout the whole foyer area, that was done Saturday," said Morgan.

Morgan said he plans to rebuild with the support of his family and congregation. Until then, services will continue to be held at 703 Aragona Boulevard.

Jacksonville Fire officials are asking for the assistance of the public in identifying the person or persons responsible.

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