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Fire, smoke damage newest Eudora church

Several area fire departments were summoned to the the new United Methodist Church in southwest Eudora at around 3:30 p.m.Monday. Smoke was seen from the east side as firefighters brought in tankers and water to bring the fire under control.

Several area fire departments were summoned to the the new United Methodist Church in southwest Eudora at around 3:30 p.m.Monday. Smoke was seen from the east side as firefighters brought in tankers and water to bring the fire under control.

November 24, 2008

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Firefighters respond to fire at Eudora Methodist Church

Fire ravaged Eudora's newest church on Monday afternoon. The cause is still unknown and owners are starting to pick up the pieces. Enlarge video

The new Eudora Methodist Church has Earth-friendly features such as tinted windows, radiant heat and a special green product exterior, as shown in this photo from May 2008.

The new Eudora Methodist Church has Earth-friendly features such as tinted windows, radiant heat and a special green product exterior, as shown in this photo from May 2008.

Members of Eudora’s newest church Monday afternoon watched as the inside of the building sustained fire and smoke damage.

Fire broke out about 2:15 p.m. at the new Eudora United Methodist Church in southwest Eudora. Eudora fire officials said the sanctuary — the origin of the blaze — suffered fire damage. Smoke also caused damage throughout the building.

“It’s a tragedy and especially at the holiday season,” said church member Bill Westerhouse, who watched firefighters try to contain the fire. “There are a lot of people that put in really their whole life for two years into making it, and I’m sure they’ll be back.”

The church, which opened in February, was built to be environmentally friendly. Many of the church’s members contributed to its construction.

Crews from Eudora City Fire Department, Eudora Township Fire Department, Wakarusa Township Fire Department, Palmyra Township Fire Department and Lawrence Douglas County Fire & Medical responded to the scene. No injuries were reported.

“When we got on scene and made entry into the sanctuary, there was a lot of heat, heavy smoke, and that’s where the fire was contained to, up to the front of the sanctuary,” said Duke Verhelst, assistant chief for the Eudora Township’s department.

He said the church’s alarm company notified emergency dispatchers of a possible fire, which caused fire personnel to come to the scene.

A damage estimate and a cause were not available Monday evening. Investigators with the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office were still on the scene Monday night.

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Gina Bailey-Carbaugh 5 years, 4 months ago

Cheese, actually it was methodist. lol sorry couldn't resist.Logic, you need to change your screen name to Paranoia.

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Confrontation 5 years, 4 months ago

Don't you just hate those acts of God?

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Jake Esau 5 years, 4 months ago

More likely someone left a candle or something lit and forgot about it. That's all it takes. At least no one was hurt.

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logrithmic 5 years, 4 months ago

Well the Lord works in mysterious ways... I hope they invesitgate for arson - something doesn't feel right about this.....

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red_devil 5 years, 4 months ago

Thick black smoke rolling out the end...ain't gonna be minor.

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cheeseburger 5 years, 4 months ago

Brand new church. Hope it's minor!

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