ATLANTA (AP) — A fire has damaged an abandoned church in Atlanta, causing its roof and most of its front facade to collapse.
Atlanta Fire Rescue tweeted that one person was checked for smoke inhalation. It said heavy flames were visible from outside the abandoned Gospel Tabernacle Church by the time firefighters arrived early Friday. News outlets report the blaze appeared under control by about 7 a.m.
It's unclear what caused the fire, which sits across from a high school. WSB-TV reported that the fire closed a nearby road.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the church was one of two run by pastor Wiley Jackson. Jackson and his brother were previously indicted over allegations that they sold unlicensed investments through their business, Genesis LLC. The charges were dropped after they paid $90,000 to investors.