Four days after fire erupts, historic downtown KC church is still smoldering

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Four days after a massive fire destroyed a historic church in downtown Kansas City, the building is still smoldering as neighboring businesses get back to work.

Firefighters were called to the Evangelistic Center Church near Truman and Troost around 5:30 a.m., Sunday when a driver passing by noticed the smoke coming from the building.

Investigators were able to tear down some walls and gather enough evidence to determine that the fire was not intentionally set and found no evidence of a crime, but were unable to come up with an exact cause on Monday.

As crews continued to clean up debris Thursday,  neighboring businesses say they're starting to feel the burn from the fire.

The streets surrounding the church have been closed, which means it can be tough to get to neighboring businesses.

"We had one delivery company that's delivered today (Thursday) for the first time," Carolyn Lindquist  with Missouri Sewing Machine Company said. "So it's been a few days. We do a lot of business out of the back of our store. We're happy to be back on track."

Missouri Sewing Machine Company has remained open even though the streets surrounding the business are blocked off.

Truman and Troost had been the church's home for more than 50 years, but it will now be demolished.

Sewing Machine Company employees say they're sad to see the church go. They also say they're thankful the flames didn't spread.

As of Thursday at noon, the fire department wasn't sure when the streets would reopen.