Cost of rebuilding historic church destroyed by fire estimated at $1M

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CHILTON, Texas (KWTX) The cost of rebuilding the Mooreville United Methodist Church, which burned to the ground earlier this month, is estimated at about $1 million, but insurance will cover only half of the amount, the church’s pastor, Dennis Rejeck, said Thursday.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office investigated, but concluded too little was left of the building to determine the cause of the blaze, Rejeck said.

A series of major fundraisers will be held to cover what the insurance doesn’t, he said.

The congregation plans a special service at 5 p.m. Sunday both as a memorial for the building that burned and to dedicate the church’s fellowship hall, he said.

Flames had engulfed and were shooting from the roof of the church on FM 2643 in Chilton when the first crews arrived at around 10 p.m. on Feb. 7.

Firefighters from a half dozen area departments responded.

Construction of the church building started in 1911, but the congregation was established in 1867 with 18 charter members as the Mooreville Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

When the building was completed in 1912, it had no pews, but during the first funeral service held in the church, enough money was raised to buy them.

The congregation's first two structures were built in the 1800s, the first in 1874, and the second sanctuary in 1882, according to the church’s website.

Today the church has about 200 members.