Stull Church fire under investigation

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DOUGLAS CO., Kan. (WIBW) – Fire crews are in the early stages of determining why a church in an unincorporated community of Douglas Co. caught fire.

Douglas Co. Fire Dist. #1, along with several other agencies responded to Stull Church early Monday afternoon to reports of flames originating from the structure. According to initial reports, the fire started between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, N. 1600 Rd., and E 250 Rd. are both expected to be closed for several hours due to concerns about structural stability. Officials at the scene told 13 NEWS the bell tower had been badly damaged and feared the bell could fall.

The cause of the fire is ongoing, however, an on-site official told 13 NEWS that lightning may be to blame.

The fire was mostly contained within the structure’s steeple. A person who said she worked at the church said there was a lot of water damage inside.

Fire crews from several agencies, including Douglas Co. Fire Dist. #1, Lawrence Fire Department, Wakarusa Fire Department, and Shawnee Heights Fire Department responded to the blaze.

No injuries were reported as of 4 p.m. Monday.

This is a developing story.

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