Christ Presbyterian Church fire remains under investigation in Claremore

CLAREMORE, Okla. - Investigators are still trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a Claremore church on Saturday night.

Christ Presbyterian Church was ruled a total loss.

The fire marshal's office said the incident is still officially under investigation. However, investigators do not believe the fire was deliberately set.

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They have narrowed it down to three possible factors.

"There was work being done to the roof earlier in the day which involved hot work, torches and tar," said Fire Marshal Jason Crandall.

Crandall said a faulty transformer located behind the church may have also caused the fire.

Authorities say it's difficult to determine a cause due to the extent of the damage.

Church leaders have yet to determine where future Sunday services will be held.

The church's pastor, David Schwenk, said he's received several offers from other churches and organizations offering space for the church to hold worship services.

Schwenk said its his congregation's faith that is getting them through.

"It's a tight knit group of people who love the Lord and we go through thick and thin," said Schwenk. "God says he never lays anything on you that you won't be able to handle."

No word on when an official cause will be determined.

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