Easter Sunday fire damages church, destroys items they used to help foster children

Easter Sunday church fire destroys items church used to help foster children

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- A church fire in downtown Little Rock is not something you would expect on Easter Sunday.

Easter Sunday afternoon was a busy one for the Little Rock Fire Department.

“We had about 35 firefighters on scene, we had seven engines, three ladder trucks, two battalion chiefs, our heavy rescue, and we also called in our new air truck,” said LRFD Captain Jacob Lear-sadowsky.

The Central Church of Christ on 6th street and Izard caught fire around one on Sunday afternoon.

“There was a lot of damage to the structure, when crews made entry they found a tremendous amount of heat on the second story in the stairwell so they're battling that and the heavy smoke conditions,” said Captain Lear-sadowsky.

Luckily no injuries were reported.

“Gymnasium was affected, sewing room, and a clothing closet was affected,” said Captain Lear-sadowsky.

According to Wade Poe, Directional Minister for the church, that clothing closet held all of the clothes for the Call; a local volunteer faith based organization that mobilizes church for kids in foster care. Local ministry programs around town like the Compassion Center told me they would step up and do what they can to help the church and the Call.

Members of the church say this is a sad thing to happen any day but especially on a the highest holiday of the year but they're just thankful no one was hurt, because a building can be restored but a life can't.

The Little Rock Fire Department is still unsure of what caused the fire..

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