At approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, area fire departments responded to a fire at the Flag Spring Baptist Church, approximately 3 miles south of California. Twenty-five fire fighters from Tipton, Fortuna and California Rural arrived on the scene to find the church engulfed in flames. According to the Rural Fire Protection District, the church was a total loss when they arrived. The State Fire Marshall has been called in to determine the cause of the fire.
On Tuesday morning, Pastor Ken Chapman said Sunday morning attendance averages 35-45. "The fire marshall said it will be a couple of days before the cause can be determined," Chapman said. Regarding church service this Sunday, Nov. 25, he said, "We are going to have church where we always have it. We will bring blankets and chairs and meet outside, next to what's left of the church. It's too soon to say what we will do after that."
The church was built in 1879 and has always been a place of worship.