PLAIN CITY, Ohio (WCMH) — Fire officials in Madison County are working to figure out what caused a two-alarm church fire overnight.
Big Darby Baptist Church on Northeast Plain City Georgesville Road was severely damaged.
Firefighters said there was no one inside when they arrived just before 5 a.m. Thursday.
The fire is still under investigation.
But inside that church were pieces and memories of the past.
The Big Darby Baptist Church is the second oldest congregation in the central Ohio area, dating back to 1810.
When the church first started, people were meeting in homes and barns, but then moved to more permanent locations.
Probably around 1820, there was a log schoolhouse where they met,” said historian Rosemary Anderson. “In the 1840s or 50s, they had a small frame building on the same site of the building that burned today.”
The congregation built that church building in 1861 and housed services for 159 years.