WAHOO – On Tuesday morning, firefighters were called to put out a fire on the cross at First Presbyterian Church of Wahoo.
Wahoo Fire Chief Cody Hull said the Wahoo Fire Department was notified at 8:09 a.m. that smoke was seen coming from the First Presbyterian Church.
By 8:18 a.m., the first Wahoo fire truck arrived on the scene. Mead and Ithaca fire departments were called in for mutual aid. Cedar Bluffs Fire Department was contacted for aerial support and Weston Fire Department for extra manpower.
“With these large, old timber structures, they usually tend to not have fire suppression systems. I’d rather have them there and not need them, than need them and not have them,” Hull said.
All the manpower was not needed, however, The flames were brought under control by 8:30 a.m.
Hull said the cause of the fire was an electrical short from the florescent lighting system on the back of the cross on the east side of the church.
The fire damage was minimal, he added, with the majority kept to the exterior of the building. The flames were brought under control and extinguished by 8:30 a.m.
“There was a little extension into the wall, but it was quickly put out,” Hull said.
There was no dollar estimate on the damage immediately available.