generator fire that started on Monday morning at the St. John United
Methodist Church (UMC) in Avon caused no damage to the church itself,
thanks to a quick response from the Avon Volunteer Fire Department.
generator, which is located on the side of the brick structure, was
powered on during a routine weekly maintenance test when it caught on
fire, according to Pastor Gina Miller of St. John UMC.
generator cycles every Monday morning as a test. It cycled on, as
usual, and something happened that caused it to catch fire,” she said.
“We’re very fortunate that it didn’t spread.”
of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department responded within minutes and put
the fire out, protecting the overall structure.
volunteer fire department did an incredible job,” said Pastor Miller.
“They got the fire out, kept it contained, and it did not spread. The
fire was just contained in the generator, thanks to the Avon Fire
the generator was connected to the electrical system, the power is
temporarily out at the church. However, an electrician will be
examining the problem in the immediate future, and Cape Hatteras
Electric Cooperative crew members were on the scene to lend a hand as
Hatteras Electric said they would work with the electrician to get
power back to the building,” said Pastor Miller. “They have also been
incredibly responsive and helpful.”
generator was purchased after Hurricane Irene to help provide
assistance during storms. “It’s been great during storms, because we
can feed people, and cook, and power the church,” said Pastor
Miller. “It’s been a good [asset], but just not today.”
“But the church is OK, because of the Avon Fire Department, and that’s wonderful,” she added.
There were no injuries reported during the fire.