KC firefighters battle church fire at Truman and Troost - KCTV5

KC firefighters battle church fire at Truman and Troost

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The church is now all but destroyed. (Natalie Davis/KCTV) The church is now all but destroyed. (Natalie Davis/KCTV)
Eastbound I-70 was down to one lane while the fire was brought under control. (KCTV) Eastbound I-70 was down to one lane while the fire was brought under control. (KCTV)
View from the sky of the church fire. (KCTV5 News) View from the sky of the church fire. (KCTV5 News)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The Kansas City Fire Department battled a church fire at Truman Road and Troost Avenue on Sunday morning.

The fire broke out before 6 a.m. at the Evangelistic Center Church at 1024 Truman Road. 

Eastbound Interstate 70 was limited to one lane between the downtown loop and The Paseo. This is because firefighters were spraying water over on the church from the roadway.

Because the building partially collapsed, crews had to fight the fire from the outside. One wall collapsed onto a fire truck.

“After 60 plus years in that location, watching it go…the truth comes to mind that the picture is bigger than a building,” said pastor John Crane. “It's the people. It's the people who have given their lives to Christ and to know him and to reflect him. Right now were being tested on that because of what we're going through as a congregation.”

Among the items lost in the fire were supplies for several charitable programs, including food donations. 

Reports indicate this it was a two-alarm fire.

By 11 a.m., crews were securing the building and putting out hotspots so it's not a danger to the public.

The fire department, the Kansas City Police Department and ATF will start an investigation into the cause of the fire on Monday at 9 a.m.

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