The Kalamazoo Township fire marshal said the cause of the fire at the church on Cherry Hill Street was undetermined, but there is no indication that the fire was intentionally set.
Kalamazoo Township Fire Marshal Todd Kowalski said he can’t rule out the possible cause of the fire as being electrical.
“We are devastated and at the same time we feel hopeful that God will keep us together and will make us stronger. We will use Latvian Association building for our gatherings and worships for a while to see what is our next step. We are so grateful for all churches in Kalamazoo area that have reached out to us with their support and caring. We definitely don't feel alone," Kalamazoo Latvian Evangelical Lutheran United Church Pastor Aija Graham said.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also called to investigate.
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran caught on fire at about 5:40 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2019, Kowalski said. Police closed Kendall Avenue due to fire hydrant usage and diverted traffic.
Kalamazoo Township Fire Marshal said when officers arrived on scene, they found the church building vacant and no evacuations were required.