Investigators looking into cause of church fire in Hutchinson

It may be a few days before investigators can determine the cause of a fire that left a Hutchinson church with extensive damage.

The fire broke out around midnight Thursday night at the Foundation of Life Ministries Church at 134 East Sherman.   A police officer saw flames coming from the second floor of the building and called for fire units.   The fire spread through two buildings but crews were able to keep it from spreading into a third building, and only minor damage was reported to that structure.

No injuries were reported.  Because of the damage, investigators may not be able to get into the building until Saturday to determine the cause.  Units from South Hutchinson, McPherson, Pretty Prairie, and Reno County helped at the scene.   The state fire marshal’s office is also helping with the investigation.