Phenix City fire: Vacant church on Sixth Street South burns; no one hurt

A vacant church on Sixth Street South in Phenix City caught fire Sunday night, though no one was hurt, authorities said.

The Phenix City Fire Department got the call to 1105 Sixth St. South around 9:20 p.m. When firefighters arrived, the one-story building was fully engulfed in flames, said Acting Assistant Fire Chief Mickey Hutchinson.

"I think it's been vacant for a while," Hutchinson added. "It's under investigation. We won't even go in there until the morning."

The cause of the fire is unknown.

No one was inside the structure at the time and no one was hurt, Hutchinson said.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to control the blaze. No other buildings were in danger of the flames, the chief added.

Fire trucks remained on the scene at 12:30 a.m. today as firefighters sprayed the area with water. Nearby, A dirt driveway curved from the street toward the church, running through overgrown grass. Bushes grew up in front of the building and partially obscured the front door. A tree stood nearby, its branches extending over the church's roof.

By night, the tree and bushes appeared unaffected by the fire.