GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Investigators from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said there is no indication of criminal activity or foul-play involved in the overnight fire, which destroyed a Grandview church.
According to the Grandview Fire Department, crews were called to Impact Apostolic Church at 13129 U.S. 71 Highway at 12:34 a.m. and saw fire on the back side of the church and the roof collapsing, forcing them into defensive mode.
Firefighters say the blaze was concentrated inside the church, but the building also houses a property management company, a lawn care business and a paving and sealing contractor.
Although no one was inside the building and no one was hurt, all the businesses suffered fire or water damage, and the fire chief has declared the building to be a total loss.
“We are working on cause and origin,” Deputy Chief Rodney Baldwin of the Grandview Fire Department, said. “Since there was a church involved, the ATF is out here. They are taking over for the primary investigation. We are getting ready to go inside and do our dig out process. We did a preliminary investigation last night and found the rooms of suspected origin and we will finish it up today hopefully.”
Firefighters initially tried to enter the building, but pulled out quickly once they saw the roof collapsing.
Crews from both Kansas City and Belton also helped battle the blaze.
A minister tells FOX4 he had about 15 people at the church last night for bible study. The minister said the church has a small congregation of 35 to 40 members.
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