Chicago Renovation crews' heating torches started the fire that destroyed a 115-year-old church known as the birthplace of gospel music, according to investigators.
Roofers had been adding copper gutters to the church, and police don't believe criminal action contributed to Friday's fire.
Thomas A. Dorsey, considered the father of gospel music, was Pilgrim's music director from 1932 until the late 1970s. His greatest hit, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," was popularized by the late Mahalia Jackson and became the favorite song of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.