ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- A fire damaged the First Lutheran Church in Ellensburg this morning.
A passerby reported seeing flames coming from the church at around 3:00 AM and crews were on the scene soon after. The church is located on the corner of 5th Avenue and Ruby Street.
The fire started in the offices of the church and the damage, around $50,000 worth, was limited to that area. Investigators said the fire looked suspicious and did not rule out arson.
The church's chapel and classrooms had some smoke damage, but firefighters said they expected pre-school classes to resume as soon as today and for church services to be held on Sunday.