Demolition of historic Sedalia church begins, church intends to repurpose stones

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SEDALIA, Mo. -- Crews are in the process of bulldozing a burned out historic Sedalia church to the ground Friday.

First United Methodist Church at 4th Street and Osage in downtown Sedalia was destroyed in a fire Wednesday night.

Sgt. Ryan Reed with the Sedalia Police Department noticed smoke coming from the church and called 911, and he says fire spread quickly through the brick and limestone structure.

Embers landed on buildings as far as two to three blocks away, but nothing else caught fire and no one was injured.

"It is heartbreaking," Sedalia resident Linda Miley said. "It is a beautiful historical icon here in Sedalia, and it's going to be sadly missed."

The ATF arrived on the scene Thursday morning and have since ruled out arson, but the investigation into what may have caused the fire to start.

The pastor of the church said he was not sure if they will rebuild the structure, but they intend to gather the left over stone and store it in a safe place so they can repurpose it in the future.

Crews began tearing down a burned out Sedalia church Friday morning.

Crews began tearing down a burned out Sedalia church Friday morning.

The First United Methodist Church in downtown Sedalia, Mo., was destroyed in a fire late Wednesday.

The First United Methodist Church in downtown Sedalia, Mo., was destroyed in a fire late Wednesday.

A historic church is Sedalia, Mo., was destroyed in a fire late Wednesday night. No injuries were reported.

A historic church is Sedalia, Mo., was destroyed in a fire late Wednesday night. No injuries were reported.

A historic church is Sedalia, Mo., was destroyed in a fire late Wednesday night. No injuries were reported.

A historic church is Sedalia, Mo., was destroyed in a fire late Wednesday night. No injuries were reported.