Fort Worth church heavily damaged by fire

Posted Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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A fire early Saturday left a vacant east-side church heavily damaged, but congregants pledged to hold Sunday services in the parking lot.

Fort Worth firefighters were dispatched at 6:20 a.m. to Rise and Shine Church of Christ, 3700 Fitzhugh Ave., the Fire Department said in a news release.

It took 26 firefighters about 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, according to the news release, but damage was estimated at $40,000 and the building is expected to be a total loss.

Nobody was injured in the fire, but afterward a senior leader of the church suffered shortness of breath and was transported to a hospital by MedStar.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation, but criminal activity was not suspected, according to the news release.

— Patrick M. Walker

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