Lee County Church Fire Investigation

A Salem congregation is without a house of worship.

The "Greater Bethelpore Baptist Church" went up in flames just before four this morning.

A passerby spotted the burning church and called the fire department.

People living near the church say this is a sad way to start the new year.

Investigators are trying to figure out how it started.

Investigators believe a church in Russell County was deliberately set on fire a few days ago.