Fire burns abandoned downtown Sacramento church; cause ‘undetermined’

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The Latest (Monday, April 12):

The Sacramento Fire Department says the cause of the fire has been labeled as “undetermined” after investigators learned the blaze started in an enclosed back patio of the abandoned Chinese church.

“Multiple reports from the building owner document problems with transient activity in that area of the property.  However, no evidence was uncovered that explicitly pointed to human factors contributing to the cause of the fire,” wrote Capt. Keith Wade.

Fire investigators also say they found no evidence that the fire was a hate crime.

Original story below:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A structure fire caused major damage to an abandoned church in downtown Sacramento Saturday morning.

The Sacramento Fire Department said a fire burned the Chinese Gospel Mission church on 15th and T streets just before 8 a.m.

Firefighters said the blaze was contained at around 8:40 a.m. and no injuries were reported.

“This is under investigation. The building has been abandoned for at least two years. Large amount of damage to the church, especially on the rear side. Only cosmetic and exterior damage on the residential apartment building,” Sacramento Fire Public Information Officer Keith Wade told FOX40.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but Wade said that investigators have not shared any details that would lead the department to believe the fire was suspicious in nature.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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