Investigators say Westport church fire accidental
Saturday, December 31, 2011
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.