MIAMI(CBSMiami) – Early Monday morning, a fire sparked at Miami’s Iglesia De Dios.
The church, on Northwest 29th Street in Allapattah, is now in need of serious repairs.READ MORE: Broward Law Enforcement Out In Full Force To Prevent ‘Wheels Up, Guns Down’ Chaos
Investigators are ruling the fire as accidental electric. Firefighters gained entry through the front door and worked their way to the back of the church where they found an office up in flames. All of this happened around 6 a.m.
“There is danger inside. Inside the sanctuary some of the roof could come down,” said Carlos Betancourt, a Bishop and Zone Supervisor at the Hispanic Church of God.
Crews rushed to the scene and were able to extinguish the flames before they spread. They said if the fire would have happened in the middle of the night it could have been much worse.
“The smoke did some damage and the fire department came with all of the water so you have an idea of what happened,” said Betancourt.READ MORE: CDC Recommends Schools Cancel High-Risk Activities Like Band & Football
The damage extended to the roof, storage rooms, and some items near the altar.
“Whatever was close by the altar, we’ll probably lose some of that. This is when the faith comes in. As humans we suffer,” said Betancourt.
There weren’t any injuries reported and, luckily, the building isn’t a total loss. Church leaders say it’ll be repaired.
“They turned off the lights so we don’t have electricity at all. We are not going to meet inside of the facilities, we are probably going to look for somewhere else to do it for the sake of our people,” said Betancourt.MORE NEWS: Betty White Challenge Encourages $5 Donations For Local Animal Shelters In Honor Of Late Comedian’s 100th Birthday
Between 250 and 300 people gather at this church for service every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. For the foreseeable future, the church said they’ll hold services outdoors.