Fire destroys church building in Minneapolis, arson suspected


Firefighters battled a suspected arson fire in a vacant church at  at 3115 42nd Street in Minneapolis in the early morning hours of Monday, September 12. The fire was reported shortly after 2 a.m. (Additional photos below.)

According to investigators at the scene, there were multiple areas where the fire started, pointing to arson.

The building was constructed in 1911 and housed several churches over the years, including Across Nations Church and Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Most recently it was a furniture store.

Power was shut off to neighboring properties at 3:30 a.m. and was back on by 10 a.m.