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KCK church members cleaning up temporary home after bell tower catches fire

Vandalism months before caused $75,000 in damage
Posted at 5:20 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 19:41:39-05

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- You may remember the KCK Church, Seventh Day Adventist on Riverview, that was vandalized back in June, costing thousands of dollars in damage.

Members have been using the church's headquarters at 3301 Parallel Parkway as a temporary location while their church home gets repaired.

But on Tuesday evening, their temporary church home caught fire.

Video shows the bell tower was up in flames.

“The firefighters, they know what they’re doing,” Pastor Bryann Mann said. “It brought tears to my eyes how ferocious they fought the fire.”

And seeing the flames last night, Mann only had a few words.

“Just…not again,” Mann said.

Despite how much damage the bell tower had, the church was still usable.

“I asked one of my bishops and said listen... I asked him if we're still having worship here and he said yes, and I said yes, and he said in the chapel,” Mann said. “As a matter of fact, we had worship and I preached in the chapel building this morning so God is good.”

As crews cleaned up debris from last night’s fire, Pastor Mann said he’s grateful no one was hurt.

“God is still in control and all of these things are material, and what is most important are the lives. And God spared lives here,” Mann said.

Mann said they’ll be able to move back to their Riverview location on Dec. 23.