FRUITA, Colo. — The Church of Latter Day Saints remain calm as first responders reach a conclusion of arson as the cause. The destructive blaze burned through large sections of the roof shortly before 3:30 Monday morning.
Now that the investigation is under the church headquarters’ control, the fire in church leaders’ hearts build as they continue searching for answers.
“The church has been under control of the investigators while they are completing their work,” Craig Stagg details, “The next step, with assistance from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, headquarters will assess the damage and then plans will come forth on how to restore the building or rebuild the building.”
The incident burned part of the building but did not extinguish the church’s faith. The stake president shares the intent to keep worship going.
“The three congregations in Fruita, they’ve been assigned a church building in the Grand Valley and they’ll hold the services as normal,” Craig Stagg continues, “We’ve just been opening up the services with COVID, so we plan to meet in person this Sunday.”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints thanks the community for concerns, help, and support. Caution tape remains on the premises as the investigation continues.
There’s a reward of up to 10-thousand dollars for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. To report information about the crime, you can contact the A.T.F Hotline at 1-888-283-3473.