Firefighters find pulpit ablaze at church in St. George

File photo of firefighters responding to a structure fire at Grace Episcopal Church on 900 East, St. George, Utah, Jan. 5, 2019 | Photo by Ron Chaffin, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A fire that started in a St. George church Saturday night was quickly extinguished by responding firemen.

Firefighters respond to a structure fire at Grace Episcopal Church on 900 East, St. George, Utah, Jan. 5, 2019 | Photo by Ron Chaffin, St. George News

At about 9:30 p.m., two fire engine crews from the St. George Fire Department were dispatched to the Grace Episcopal Church at 1072 E. 900 South on a fire alarm activation, Fire Chief Robert Stoker said.

Police who arrived first at the scene told 911 dispatchers that flames could be seen inside of the building. The officers then cordoned off the area to direct traffic away from the church.

Arriving fire crews entered the church to find the pulpit and podium located in the sanctuary of the chapel ablaze. They were able to extinguish the fire quickly, Stoker said, adding that large ventilation fans were set up to clear the building of heavy smoke that accumulated from the fire.

Firefighters respond to a structure fire at Grace Episcopal Church on 900 East, St. George, Utah, Jan. 5, 2019 | Photo by Ron Chaffin, St. George News

Stoker said there was smoke damage throughout the building, and the fire caused approximately $2,000-4,000 in damage to the pulpit, podium and wood flooring.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and no injuries were reported.

This report is based on statements from emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

 

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3 Comments

  • Fester January 7, 2019 at 11:01 am

    ooops, someone forgot to blow out the candles.

  • KR567 January 7, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    just glad no one was hurt

  • Mike P January 8, 2019 at 9:08 am

    I find it surprising that with thousands of LDS churches in this county, a Episcopal Church starts on fire. hmmmmmm

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