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Eudora church fire ruled accidental

November 26, 2008


Eudora church fire called accidental

Fire investigators sifted through the ashes of a church fire in Eudora Monday; tonight, the issue of updating fire codes is coming up. Enlarge video

Fire investigators have ruled Monday’s fire that damaged a Eudora church was accidental.

Meanwhile, members of the Eudora United Methodist Church in southwestern Eudora will begin to meet at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary’s Eudora chapel until renovations can be made.

“We’re just going to come together. We know we can renovate it, and we can do it,” said the Rev. Michael Tomson-DeGreeff.

A fire started in the sanctuary Monday afternoon. The altar suffered fire damage, and smoke also damaged the building. No one was injured.

Although the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office will classify the cause as unknown, the preliminary cause is believed to be a candle that was not properly extinguished.

The church opened in February, and many of the church members contributed to construction. Insurance adjusters are still investigating the damage.


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