Consolation goes up in flames, foul play suspected

Published 9:01 pm Monday, February 16, 2015


Law enforcement officials are suspecting foul play after Consolation Primitive Baptist Church burned to the ground earlier this morning.

The church is located off of Oakey Streak Road just across the Butler County line.

If the fire was indeed foul play, it isn’t the first time the church has been damaged.

Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden said there’s no power running to the church, and there have been a lot of incidents down there with kids.

“We do suspect foul play,” Harden said. “There’s no power to the church. We haven’t had any lightning or anything.”

Harden said the fire was spotted this morning, and the church was deemed a complete loss.

There was no damage to the cemetery surrounding the former structure, but an out house behind it burned up, too, Harden said.

State fire marshals are investigating the incident.

Over the years, the country church has gained a reputation for paranormal activity.

One of the most common legends shared about the church includes a Gaelic banshee, whose shrieking, sobbing and whimpering can supposedly be heard from the wooden walls of the church, and signaling that someone inside the church would soon die.