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TFD investigating east Tulsa church fire as arson

Chapel of Restoration fire
Chapel of Restoration fire
Chapel of Restoration fire
East Tulsa church fire
East Tulsa church fire
East Tulsa church fire
Posted at 6:56 AM, Jun 02, 2023

TULSA, Okla. — A church in east Tulsa caught fire late Thursday night, sending tall flames into the sky.

It all started when Tulsa Fire Department said they were responding to a business alarm around 10:40 p.m. at the Chapel of Restoration off East 21st Street and South 145th East Avenue.

Once fire crews saw those tall flames, they requested dispatch send out a full alarm fire.

Fire crews started out attacking the fire from inside the building.

East Tulsa church fire

While inside, crews realized the fire's progress was causing a saggy roof that was about to collapse.

They then quickly got out of the building and readjusted their plans to fight the fire from outside the church.

Crews then fought the fire from above using their ladder trucks.

TFD said when firefighters got the fire knocked down enough, they went back inside to put the fire out and search the building.

The department said while some of the church was destroyed, most of it was saved.

No one was injured.

TFD's PIO Andrew Little said investigators ruled the fire as incendiary and are investigating the fire as an arson.

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