SAFD: Burning shed torches SW side church

Overnight fire at church

SAN ANTONIO -- A challenge of faith and finances is on the doorsteps at the Corona de Vida Assembly of God. The church caught on fire Thursday morning and they have no insurance.

"I am in shock," Pastor Francisco Casas said.

Casas has been the pastor at the southwest San Antonio church for 15 years. He got a distressing wake-up call about the fire from homeowners who live near the church. By the time he arrived at the scene, the damage was done.

San Antonio firefighters received the call for the fire in the 900 block of Southwest 37th Street after 2:30 a.m. According to Battalion Chief Mark Black, the blaze was in the rear of the building.

Black said the fire started from a small shed then spread to the main church. It took firefighters more than 20 minutes to douse the flames. He said the  L-shaped church sustained the most damage in the back of the building.

The battalion chief also said three rooms were significantly burned. The church's sanctuary only had smoke damage, Black said.

Arson investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. Black set the damage estimate at $30,000.

Pastor Casas said his church was already doing renovations to the foundation of the building through the offerings of its membership. He said faith and finances will hopefully help them repair the damage caused by the fire.

(© 2016 KENS)


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