A vacant church in east Fort Worth was destroyed by fire Tuesday evening, and arson investigators were on the scene, a Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman said.
When firefighters arrived at 3503 Avenue I, a few blocks south of Texas Wesleyan University, about 7:15 p.m., heavy fire and smoke was showing. Firefighters quickly went into defensive tactics and called additional alarms, said fire Lt. Kyle Falkner.
Firefighters were told of possible arsonists, and arson investigators arrived before the fire was out.
A Fire Department Tweet said that crews had been called to the building several times in the past.
No one was inside when firefighters arrived. One firefighter was taken to a hospital as a precaution because of the heat.
Portions of roofs and walls collapsed as water from many hoses slowly extinguished flames engulfing building.
An online real estate listing shows the building was for sale for almost $337,000. Fort Worth online history sources record that it was built in the 1940s as the Polytechnic Church of Christ, once the third-largest Church of Christ in the nation and the first Church of Christ to have air conditioning and to be on television.