KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A landmark church that's home to one of Kansas City's oldest congregations went up in flames Thursday.
Firefighters responded around 5:30 p.m. to the massive fire at the 107-year-old Westport Presbyterian Church, located between Main Street and Broadway Boulevard, in the city's Westport neighborhood.
Employees of service company A.B. May were working inside the church earlier in the day on Thursday.
Glen Posladek, owner of A.B. May, released the following statement Friday afternoon, before the cause of the fire was released:
"A.B. May is saddened by the loss to the congregation of Westport Presbyterian Church, Reverend Scott Myers, and the community. A.B. May had a crew in the building earlier in the day on Thursday, and while the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, we are cooperating fully with investigators. We are deeply concerned for those who have suffered loss, grateful that there were no injuries or loss of life, and hopeful for restoration of this important landmark."
After the cause of the fire was ruled accidental, Posladek released the following statement:
"While we have not been contacted by officials or investigators, we understand from local media reports that the fire department has ruled on the accidental cause of the Westport Presbyterian Church fire. We appreciate the work that the investigators have done, however we have not yet seen the reports. We understand that additional investigations are in progress as well. After we have received and reviewed the reports we will make additional comment. Again, we are deeply saddened by the loss to the church family and the community."