By Linda Looney-Bond
There are no new clues and no suspects in the arson investigation involving a Morrow church that was destroyed by fire on Nov. 15, according to a spokesman for the office of Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine.
State investigators said the fire at Calvary Baptist Church, located at 7130 Mt. Zion Circle, was intentionally set.
"It's still under investigation," said Glenn Allen, director of media relations for Oxendine's office. "There's still a reward offered for up to $10,000," Allen said. "We're still looking for help from the public, with any information, and they can contact us on the arson hotline number that operates 24 hours a day," he said.
Calvary Baptist Church Pastor Mike Mullins said the congregation continues to meet, temporarily, at a local funeral home, which is allowing the church to hold services in its chapel.
Mullins said the congregation will meet at Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, located at 2047 Ga. Highway 138 in Jonesboro, until the church's fellowship hall can be refurbished.
The fellowship hall, located next door to the church building, received some exterior damage from the fire, and some smoke damage on the interior, but was not destroyed.
"We will probably start work on our fellowship hall the second week of January, hopefully, to have it complete around the end of February, or the first week of March," Mullins said. "We've been really blessed with people contributing and helping us out monetarily, and the prayers that are going up are numerous we know.
"We've been donated a piano; we've also been donated a Yamaha organ, so when we get our church back, we've got those," Mullins said.
The pastor said the donors of the piano and organ chose to remain anonymous. "It was two individuals," he said.
Mullins said, as a pastor, he does have concern for the person or persons responsible for setting the fire. "I'm just praying for the person. Hopefully, they'll get their life straight with the Lord," he said.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's arson hotline at 1-800-282-5804. Callers may remain anonymous.