Johannesburg - Officials at the Central Methodist Church in the Joburg city centre believe that the fire at the building was the work of disgruntled residents.
The church’s superintendent minister, Reverend Ndumiso Ncombo, said residents had set a room alight to spite church officials who gave them notice to move out.
“I wasn’t surprised when the fire started because the residents threatened to burn the building down when we gave them notice to move out,” he said. “We have opened a case of arson with the police.”
The fire last week Wednesday was started in one of the rooms, just a floor down from the church hall.
Although the church was not damaged, many other rooms in the building were affected. The small room where the fire was believed to have started lies in ruins, with clothes, groceries and broken glass from the shattered windows spread across the wet floor. Several large buckets, bottles and fire extinguishers lie outside the room.