First look inside Westport Presbyterian Church after the fire

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Restoration crews allowed NBC Action News to get the first look inside the Westport Presbyterian Church Tuesday after a fire caused between $3 and $4 million of damage last Thursday.

Boxes of paper, books, clothes, desks and furniture have been reduced to rubble and are scattered throughout the first floor.  Crews say parts of the structure remain unsafe because the ceilings continue to sink.

"It's heart breaking that this building has burned down," Rev. Scott Meyers said.  "It's hard."

Meyers says it is still too early to tell whether or not he can restore the church or have to rebuild from scratch.

Restoration manager Rodney Todd says the church will be lucky to save anything.

"The interior is in really bad shape right now.  A lot of floors have fallen down and ceilings have come down," Todd said.  "It's going to be a challenge to take it down safely.  It's going to be a challenge to save anything whatsoever."

Insurance adjusters representing five different companies were on-scene Tuesday getting an up-close look at the damage.  Each adjuster took turns going up in a bucket truck to take aerial pictures from above the church.

One adjuster says it is easier to determine the fire's path when looking at the damage from above.  He says the adjusters will be spending the next few days determining who is responsible.  He says that information will likely be released after a teleconference on Friday.

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