Kitchen fire at North Las Vegas church causes $125K in damage


Steve Marcus

A view of the kitchen in the Greater Most High Church of God in Christ, near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carey Avenue, in North Las Vegas Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. The kitchen was destroyed in an electrical fire on Friday night.

Sat, Aug 1, 2020 (2:09 p.m.)

A fire at a North Las Vegas church late Friday didn’t injure anyone but caused about $125,000 in damage, officials said.

Pastor Ron Washington said the flames were confined to a kitchen area, noting the cause was likely electrical in nature.

Firefighters responded to the Greater Most High Church of God in Christ, 2717 York Ave., near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue, according to the North Las Vegas Fire Department.

The fire, which sent heavy smoke billowing from the one-story church, causing minimal damage to the sanctuary, was extinguished in about 20 minutes, officials said.

Though no foul play was suspected, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was joining the investigation because of the church designation of the building.

Washington said the church, which was founded by his father, James Washington Jr., has been around for about 60 years.

Sun photographer Steve Marcus contributed to this report.

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