This is a news report from KSHB Channel 41, about the fire that destroyed our building on December 2011.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City church, built 107 years ago, was destroyed by a two-alarm fire Thursday.
The fire was first reported around 5:30 p.m. at the Westport Presbyterian Church located at 201 Westport Road.
Two people were inside the church when the fire broke out. Both got out safely and were not hurt.
Rev. Scott Myers said it’s not just a loss to the 176-year-old congregation but also to the greater Kansas City community. Several organizations, like the Westport Center for the Arts, used the church regularly.
Fire crews spent several hours trying to get the fire under control. They returned to the church early Friday to put out even more hot spots. Firefighters were never able to go inside the church due to the size of the blaze.
The massive blaze was ruled accidental on Friday, according to the Kansas City Fire Battalion Chief Joe Vitale. It was accidental in nature, with the ignition of combustible materials during the installation of an AC unit on the roof. Estimated damages were placed between $3 and $4 million dollars.
The full story can be read here.