Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Early morning fire damages 107-year-old Denver church

From Colorado-

The Denver Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire at the Church of the Ascension, including the possibility that the fire started near where a homeless person had been sleeping in the tall juniper bushes outside the church.

"We're still trying to determine the point of origin and the ignition source," said department spokesman Mark Watson. "Investigators have talked to the priest, the neighbors and local business owners, and they've gotten that information also — that at one point in time, a homeless person was staying there close to the church in the bushes. But we have not been able to make that determination at this point in time."

Firefighters were called at 3:02 a.m. and when they arrived at the church, 600 Gilpin St., they found flames had spread to the interior of the 107-year-old structure named a Denver historic landmark in 2004.

Church pastor Rev. Lucas Grubbs, who lives next door to the church, said he was awakened by fire trucks arriving.

"Don't let it burn down," Grubbs said he thought as he watched the flames witnesses said shot 20- to 25-feet into the air.

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