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ATF investigating fire at Harlem Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri

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Posted at 12:39 PM, Sep 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-19 16:19:58-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating after a fire damaged a church in Kansas City, Missouri.

According to Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department spokesman Jason Spreitzer, the fire happened at Harlem Baptist Church at around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Spreitzer said the church did not experience a total loss.

John Ham, the ATF’s Kansas City Field Division public information officer, said agents are working to determine the cause of the fire.

Ham also said firefighters were able to contain the fire to one area of the building, preventing it from damaging the church's sanctuary.

The ATF gave an update on its investigation on Sunday, saying that based on evidence, this was a set fire.

While they have gathered forensic evidence, Ham said ATF is asking for the public to assist in any leads regarding this arson.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the tips hotline at 816-474–TIPS.