Plainfield Twp. church damaged by fire; arson suspected

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are investigating a  suspected arson at a Grand Rapids-area church Monday morning.

A  passerby called authorities around 11 a.m. Monday after they saw smoke  coming from the Northview Community of Christ Church, located at 4897  Palenque Place near the intersection of Grand River Drive and East  Beltline Avenue in Plainfield Township.

When fire crews arrived on  scene, the front door was broken open and three separate fires were  burning. The fires were on three different levels of the church,  according to Plainfield Township Fire Chief Steve McKellar.

Firefighters  knocked out the flames quickly. McKellar said the congregation is  active, but the church was closed Monday morning. There were no reports  of injuries. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation,  but McKellar said it’s being called suspicious. An arson dog and  detectives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms of Explosives  are assisting in the investigation.

Authorities have not released any details about a suspect or suspects as of Monday afternoon.

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