Cleveland: Church roof collapses in fire

11:58 PM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Nearly 70 firefighters responded to a multiple alarm blaze involving a church, thrift store and restaurant on Kinsman Road Wednesday.

A spokesman for the Cleveland Fire Department says the fire began inside St. Jude Church of God in Christ at East 142nd Street and Kinsman Road.

The church's pastor and another minister were praying inside the building just before the fire broke out. 

"We heard something said boom," explained Bishop Jessie Brown.  "The ceiling then was on fire and we got out in time before everything really went to chaos."

Investigators are still trying to determine the source of the blaze, however Cleveland Fire Department Lt. Larry Gray says there is reason to believe it could be suspicious.

"It's a blessing that nobody in the community got hurt and everybody else got out safe from each one of the buildings," said Tyrone Willis, an associate minister with St. Jude.


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