MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD)- Police and fire crews are currently responding to a fire at St. Andrews Church (440 Whilden Street) in Mt. Pleasant.
Dispatch received the call about the fire at 3:30 AM on Sunday. Mt. Pleasant Fire, Charleston Fire, North Charleston Fire, and Mt. Pleasant Police responded to the scene. According to Mt. Pleasant Fire Chief Mike Dixon, the fire department was called when the smoke alarm when off in the church’s Ministry Center. Although firefighters arrived quickly, the building was already engulfed in flames when they arrived. The roof collapsed early in the fire and the Ministry Center damage is described as “significant loss”. Fortunately, the fire department was able to save the church’s historic sanctuary, which has no visible damage.
This is the church Mt. Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie attends. He was on scene of the fire this morning and says it is “devastating”. Haynie tells News 2 the congregation of St. Andrews reaches into the thousands.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
According to a tweet from the church, services are canceled Sunday.