Walton Church Fire Aftermath

Walton Church Fire

All that remained of Walton's oldest church, the First Baptist Church on Townsend Street, this morning following a devastating early morning fire, was the sign out front. Firefighters arriving on the scene of the 3-3:30 a.m. fire found it fully engulfed and the unusually hot fire took not only the church building but the surrounding two buildings as well. Efforts of several area fire departments (Walton, Delhi, Trout Creek) were futile and the church and manse were reduced to rubble piles while the former manse was gutted. The fire was so hot that the siding on the house across the street melted and windows in another house were broken. Overhead fiber optic wires were destroyed which eliminated phone service to the village and also to the Downsville area.
"I stood down the street and watched the bell tower come right down," said Walton firefighter Jeff Maxwell. "It reminded me of the towers coming down on 9/11. It looked just like that."
Word on the street was that a neighbor, shoveling sidewalks early in the morning, spotted an individual running from the church, with the fire starting shortly afterward. Investigators confirmed that an arrest has been made. Investigators on scene included a K-9 arson dog team. No injuries were reported.

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Courtney says ... on Tuesday, Jan 25 at 9:20 AM

This is a church i would go to in the summer with my aunt, uncle and cousins. It is a shame that some had the nerves to burn down a house of God. It makes me so sad. But I live in New Jersey and I have my churhc helping out. God bless

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Vance says ... on Thursday, Jan 20 at 8:18 PM

This church was a beautiful classic in architectural design that cannot be replaced. This is sad news that it was destroyed. My personal memory of this church building is that it was where I was baptized around 1967.

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Shirley says ... on Wednesday, Jan 12 at 8:59 AM

Who in the world would want to burn that beautiful old church? It's beyond imagination. My heart goes out to the citizens of Walton, especially the members of the church. It reminds me of Christ Episcopal Church burning when I was a child there.

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Don says ... on Wednesday, Jan 12 at 8:49 AM

What a shame to lose such an old landmark. I remember it well from my growing up years in Walton on Townsend Street.

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