Fire causes $1 million in damage to near north side church

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis Fire Department is investigating a fire that officials estimate caused about $1 million in damage to a near north side church.

Crews were called to Our Savior Lutheran Church on W. 25th St. at about 9:07 a.m. after smoke was seen coming from the building.

The first firefighters arrived at about 9:10 a.m. and began working to extinguish the blaze. IFD says the fire was located in the basement of the church, which sent heavy smoke throughout the structure.

“I'm just thankful for the first responders who got here because I think if they had not gotten here when they did, there’d have been more damage than what there was,” said congregation president James Boyd.

He says despite the damage, the church will rebuild and continue on its mission.

"We’re here to serve the lord and the community and so we’re going to do that if god gives us the strength and ability to do it," said Boyd.

With the help of a total of 70 firefighters, the fire was marked under control by 9:44 a.m.

According to IFD, no one was inside the building when the fire broke out, no one was injured and the church has insurance. IFD also said that because the fire happened at a church, the ATF is investigating as standard procedure.

Boyd says the church was established in 1939. Its 50-family congregation will celebrate the church's 80th anniversary on Oct. 19 of next year.