DECATUR, AL - An equipment failure is suspected in a church fire in Decatur but investigators are working to pinpoint the exact cause.

Fire investigators said the fire at the Fairview Baptist Church appears to have started in a mechanical room on the third floor.

Insurance agents spent the morning Friday looking over the fire scene which destroyed the sanctuary on Decatur's Magnolia Street.

The Church Pastor said a large family Bible placed on a communion table survived Wednesday's fire.

In fact, the Bible was found still opened to Luke Chapter 2 and the story of Jesus' birth.

The congregation at Fairview will hold their services Sunday afternoon at Faith Baptist Church on Beltline Road at 1:30 p.m.

Church leaders hope to be able to clean up the church's fellowship hall enough to be able to begin holding services there by Christmas weekend.