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Investigators say Westport church fire accidental

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City fire officials say a blaze that heavily damaged a 107-year-old Westport church was an accident caused when combustible materials ignited during installation of an air conditioner on the roof.

The fire at Westport Presbyterian Church was reported around 5:30 p.m. Thursday and caused $3 million to $4 million in damage.

The historic church housed a congregation and several nonprofit organizations. Fire Department spokesman Joe Vitale says there were no injuries to either civilians or firefighters.



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