Portland church goes online for mass following fire


No injuries; extent of damage unknown

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A fire that broke out at a Portland church early Saturday has forced officials to cancel Sunday’s scheduled mass.

Scene in front of the Well Community Church in Portland’s Irvington neighborhood on October 30, 2020 (KOIN)

The blaze broke out at the Well Community Chirch in Portland’s Irvington neighborhood just before 3 a.m. Saturday, according to Portland Fire & Rescue.

According to responding firefighters, the church’s back porch was on fire. PF&R first checked inside for any victims, but found no one. The fire was then taken down in less than 15 minutes.

No details on the damage to the structure were immediately provided nor were any injuries reported.

Because of the building’s condition and ongoing investigation, the Well Community Church will hold its weekly gathering online at 10 a.m Sunday. And though the cause has yet to be officially determined by PF&R investigators, the church said the fire was not an act of violence.

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