Suspected arson a reminder of Nashville church’s mission

Though the structure was unharmed, Axis Church lost all its furniture and equipment to smoke damage when a Molotov cocktail was thrown through a window.
Though the structure was unharmed, Axis Church lost all its furniture and equipment to smoke damage when a Molotov cocktail was thrown through a window.

NASHVILLE (BP) – An investigation is underway regarding a fire earlier this week at The Axis Church in Germantown, a Nashville neighborhood. The fire was caused by a Molotov cocktail thrown through the front window Monday night (Sept. 13).

Local media reports say firefighters arrived at the church around 2 a.m. Tuesday, extinguished a small fire inside the building and cleared out the smoke.

Jeremy Rose, lead pastor of The Axis Church, said he awoke Tuesday morning to multiple missed calls from The Nashville Fire Department and representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Officials told Rose that firefighters saw a crack in the front window before they smashed through it to extinguish the fire. A connection was not initially made between the broken window and the fire until Rose watched surveillance footage from the church’s lobby camera that showed the Molotov cocktail being thrown through the window at 10:28 p.m. Monday night.

Upon discovering the video, Rose said he immediately contacted ATF officials, who showed up to the building within minutes, and things became “like a CSI scene.”

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Source: Baptist Press