I want to update you on our recovery from the fires at Broadmoor.
In the early morning hours of both April 1 and April 3, an arsonist attacked our church.
The April 1 fire destroyed the Scout Hut, located behind the Casual Worship Center. The April 3 fire destroyed the Administration Building, which ten of your pastors and ministry team worked from. This fire also caused substantial damage to both the Music Building and the east side of the Sanctuary.
Insurance claims were immediately filed after both fires and on Friday, April 3 ServPro, a fire and water cleanup and restoration company, was hired and immediately began the work of cleaning and mitigating the smoke and water damage.
Rev. Tom Cook has taken the lead in working with both our insurance company, Liberty Mutual, and ServPro.
ServPro has removed all contents from the Music Building and has begun the cleaning and restoration process. The good news is that it seems we will have lost very little, if any, of our vast collection of music, instruments, and our new choir robes should be good as new once they are laundered.
The Sanctuary smoke damage as well as damage to the roof due to the intense heat of the fire. It does not appear that the stained glass in the east transept was damaged. However, several of the double-paned windows surrounding it were shattered by the heat.
The Children’s Ministry Building did not receive any fire damage, but did suffer minor smoke damage. ServPro is beginning the process of cleaning this building as well.
I last spoke the fire investigators Thursday afternoon. This fire is their top priority and they are continuing to process the evidence collected from the fires. A person of interest was detained and held in custody from April 3 until April 11. While this person has been released, the police and fire departments are keeping close tabs on them. I will update you as soon as I have further updates about our case.
Law enforcement has recommended a number of security enhancements to us and these have been implemented. This includes, but is not limited to, on-site security personnel.