Fire breaks out at Christ Community Church of the Nazarene in Concord
CONCORD, California – Firefighters rushed to put out a 2-alarm fire Thursday morning at Christ Community Church of the Nazarene in Concord.
Flames erupted from the windows and smoke filled the sky above 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 mom saw him on the news. And I’ve never woken up to “get up, the church is on fire before,” Associate Pastor Rev.
The flames and heat drove firefighters away from inside the church.
“When the crews first arrived there was a strong fire involvement in a two story structure. They attempted to make an inside attack for the first 10 to 15 minutes. They had to retreat from an attack from defensive fire due to security concerns, ”the deputy chief said. Jeff Peter of the Contra Costa Fire Protection District.
Firefighters were able to prevent the blaze 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’ve 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 runs a pantry every Saturday for those in need. The fire will not disrupt this program.
Sunday worship services are also expected to continue as scheduled.
For residents of this scene area: Crews will work with heavy machinery all night to remove exterior walls and make the scene safe for further investigation.
– Concord Police Department (@ConcordPD) May 14, 2021