NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Metro Police are looking for the person who intentionally set a fire inside a church on Monday night. Authorities reported the fire happened around 10:30 p.m. at the Axis Church in Germantown. Fire crews found a fire burning inside. The church officials released surveillance video of the fire to News 4. 

Metro Police are looking for the person who intentionally set a fire inside a church.

"They believed it to be an electrical fire, but then we looked for footage and found some foyer footage that we had around 10:28 last night; Monday night, and a Molotov cocktail was thrown through one of our front windows and rolled across and caught our copy station on fire and rug and flooring,” Jeremy Rose, the Lead Pastor At The Axis Church said. “Everything filled up with such black smoke. They said it was very thick black smoke about chest high, just everywhere,’ he added. 

But with all the damage, Pastor Rose said they are taking this an opportunity to not be angry, but a reminder of their mission

“When stuff like this happens; one, it can’t surprise us and two it can remind us of the mission of the church, like we’re here to bring hope and truth and encouragement to people who don’t really know how to handle life’s pressures weights and burdens,” Pastor Rose said.

The church is hoping to be open for Sunday’s service. For updates on the service schedule, click here is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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