Cedar Grove Baptist Church Remains Resilient After Fire

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
 An early morning fire at Cedar Grove Baptist Church located on Missouri Highway 7 north of Warsaw caused damage to the west wall of the structure on Monday.
A driver passing by spotted the flames and called 911 at 5:30 AM.  The Warsaw Fire Department responded to the call and extinguished the flames in about half an hour according to Warsaw Fire Chief Rob Lane.
Lane said that two tanker trucks, two fire engines and two brush trucks responded to the fire with eight fire fighters putting out the blaze.
The Warsaw volunteers had been called out earlier to a control burn fire which lasted from 10:30 until midnight and then a false alarm at the Warsaw Health and Rehabilitation Center. 
“It has been a busy twenty four hours,” said Lane.
While Lane would not speculate on the cause of the fire, he reported that the Missouri State Fire Inspector was contacted to examine the structure.
Lane reported that the fire fighters had to cut the ceiling inside the structure to make sure the fire had not spread.
 “About a 25 foot section of the outer wall was damaged as well as the roof,” Lane said.  “Of course, there will also be smoke damage inside the church as well.”
Cedar Grove Baptist minister Barry Edwards expressed his gratitude to the fire fighters. 
“This could have been much worse if someone hadn’t noticed the fire and called 911,” Edwards said.  “I am also grateful that the fire fighters reacted quickly and put out the fire before it could spread.”
Edwards said that the Cedar Grove congregation will hold services on Sunday but those services will be in Faith Hall.  At press time Edwards was not sure of the time for those services, so he suggested that members check the Cedar Grove Baptist Church Facebook page and the web site.
Church services for Wednesday and Thursday have been cancelled.  The church office is also closed for now as well.