Officials Still Investigating Fire That Destroyed Minneapolis Church

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Investigators still haven’t determined exactly what caused the fire that destroyed the Walker United Methodist Church in south Minneapolis.

The church burned down late Sunday night during a storm, and it appears a lightning strike could likely be the cause.

Five firefighters were hurt battling the blaze, and two are still at the Hennepin County Medical Center being treated for burns. What was left of the church was knocked down on Monday.

The church is about far more than the walls, and many church members came together for a community picnic Monday night. A few talked about losing the building and how to move forward.

“I’ve been at this church for 12 of my 15 years so this is kind of my home. You move on because your community is still here,” said Skyler West, a church member.

Church leaders are still deciding where they’ll meet this coming Sunday. The Walker Church congregation has had several offers from other churches to let them use their facilities.

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