It happened in Mukilteo, Washington, near Seattle.
Some friends of Dennis attend church in that building.
When they lived in Corona, Kim and Kris use to babysit their children.
About 800 people attended this church building every Sunday.
From the news report:
"A two-alarm fire destroyed a church on Harbour Pointe Boulevard early Saturday.
Mukilteo fire crews were called to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around 3 a.m. They arrived soon after to see flames through the windows in the center of the church. Soon after, the fire shot through the roof and started spreading to the rest of the building. Five minutes later, the call for a second alarm was sent out.
Crews from Everett, Lynnwood and Snohomish County Fire District #1 came to help fight the fire. They quickly went into a defensive stance because of the intensity of the fire. The flames consumed the entire church, and eventually the building collapsed.
There was no one inside the church when the fire broke out, Mukilteo Assistant Fire Chief Brian McMahan said. No firefighters were injured while fighting the fire.
Crews will be at the site throughout the day to put out hot spots. The building is considered a total loss. Two wards, Harbour Pointe and Beverly Park, called the building home.
McMahan said that the fire was aided by the fact that there were no sprinklers in the building, as it was built before city codes required them. Investigators are at the scene trying to find a cause for the fire."
Our buildings are sacred to us, and it's just very sad to see these pictures.
Very thankfully no one was hurt.
This would be such a loss to so many families and to their community. I am quite attached to our ward building...I have 20 years of good memories there. I would hate to lose it.
I just read that fire authorities say that it appears it was deliberately set.