Fort Worth church heavily damaged by fire

08/16/2014 5:03 PM

08/16/2014 5:04 PM

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

Join the Discussion

Fort Worth Star-Telegram is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQ | Terms of Service