Easter eve house fire kills woman who devoted her life to a KC church

Posted at 11:25 AM, Mar 31, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A church is preparing for Easter services with heavy hearts after learning that a longtime member passed away in a house fire Saturday morning. 

Firefighters were called to the house on the 8600 block of Cambridge Avenue just before 5 a.m.

KCFD said the flames spread quickly and trapped the homeowner, Sharon Owens Bradford, inside.    

Bradford's family told 41 Action News she had lived at the house for more than 20 years.

One of her sisters described Bradford as a woman who had a large heart and worked hard.   

Relatives added Bradford was a member of Ward Chapel A.M.E Church located 22nd Street and Prospect Avenue.  

"I think that we will all have it in our hearts and all on our minds. It's going to be a little bit different this Resurrection Sunday," Rev. Virgil Glenn, pastor at Ward Chapel AME said. 

Glenn told 41 Action News Bradford served in every aspect of the ministry including as a missionary and soloist in the choir. 

"She wouldn't have wanted her passing to stop the work of the church," he said. 

Carmen Hayes grew up attending Ward Chapel AME with Bradford. 

"She would help anybody. She was always looking for ways to help us. She was trying to help us get healthier, so she, every month did a newsletter," Hayes said.

Hayes added after Bradford retired from the KCATA she devoted her time to the church.  

"Our hearts are broken today they're heavy. But we're always going to remember her, just because of the great person that she was, to know her, was to love her," Hayes said. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.