MISSION, Kan. — Firefighters responded to a fire at a Baptist church Thursday evening. The church is near West 57th and Outlook streets.
Flames shot out of part of the First Baptist Church of Mission and smoke could be seen from miles away. The fire destroyed a section of the church but did not hit the building that holds the sanctuary.
Crews fought the flames from the air and outside of the building. Steve Chick, deputy chief of operations for the Consolidated Fire District, said crews stayed outside of the building to reduce the risk of injuries in case the roof collapsed.
“Anytime you have a fire in an attic like this, they’re just hard to get to especially when the attic was so involved like it was when we arrived,” Chick said. “It’s just not safe to put firefighters underneath that roof so we have to work on it from the outside and there’s a limited amount of stuff we can get to.”
No injuries were reported, but the building is likely a total loss. The pastor of First Baptist told FOX4 the building at one point was used as a school, but it had not been occupied in quite some time.
At this time, fire officials do not believe this is a suspicious fire, but investigators will collect evidence to determine the official cause.