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Church destroyed by fire in south Nashville

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A church that had been in the Bell Road area more than four decades was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon.

According to dispatchers, the two-alarm fire was reported just after 1 p.m. at the Bell Road Church of the Nazarene.

Witnesses said the smoke and fire was visible from over a mile away.

The roof started to buckle, so the chief on the scene pulled his crews out to be safe.

It's a good thing, too, because the roof ended up collapsing.

The building was built in the 1970s, so old wiring could be a possibility.

Also, storms were rolling through at the time, so lightning is also a potential factor.

Church officials said this is not the first time the church was destroyed by fire, and the congregation plans to rebuild.

No injuries were reported. There's still no word yet on what started the blaze.

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