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The Journal Gazette

Friday, April 13, 2018 12:30 pm

Cause unlikely to be found for church fire

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Ind. -- An investigator says it is unlikely a cause can be determined for a fire that gutted an eastern Indiana church.

Richmond Fire Department investigator Mike Davis said he doesn't suspect arson in the fire that broke out early Thursday at the Holy Temple Church of God.

Davis told the (Richmond) Palladium-Item that with part of the church's roof collapsing and other major damage it isn't safe to be inside the structure. He said he expects the building will be a total loss.

Senior pastor Bishop George Bennett said he is devastated by the loss of the church building, but is confident the congregation of about 100 people will continue.