Fire breaks out at Community Church of Christ of the Nazarene in Concord

Firefighters rushed to put out a 2-alarm fire Thursday morning at the Church of the Christ of the Nazarene Community in Concord.

Flames erupted from the windows and smoke filled the sky over a section of the church at 1650 Ashbury Drive.

The fire broke out around 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The associate pastor of the church received a wake-up call.

“I was still asleep when my mother saw it on the news. And I have never been woken up with ‘get up, the church is on fire before,’ said Associate Pastor Reverend Janelle Maher.

The flames and heat drove firefighters away from inside the church.

“When the crews first arrived there had been numerous fires in a two-story structure. They attempted to launch an interior attack for the first 10 to 15 minutes. They had to retreat from a fire attack. defensive due to security concerns, ”the deputy chief said. Jeff Peter of the Contra Costa Fire Protection District.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading through the 75-year-old shrine. But not before destroying the old shrine, classrooms and community areas of the church.

“There’s a big multi-purpose space downstairs with a kitchen. We had small group meetings, Bible studies, baby showers, that sort of thing,” Maher said.

The burned-out part of the church is still too unstable for fire inspectors to enter. It is therefore too early to know how the fire started. They will look to see if any homeless people were using the area as shelter.

“People sometimes entered the interior without permission,” Maher said.

The church operates a pantry every Saturday for those in need. The fire will not disrupt this program.

Sunday worship services are also expected to go ahead as planned.

Norma P. Rex

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