Canton’s Fire Department will not issue any citation against First Church of the Nazarene where a fire broke out during the Eastern Service.
After conferring with First Church of the Nazarene officials, city authorities decided against issuing any citations regarding an Easter service fire inside the church.
A written statement from the Fire Department mentions the “openness and cooperation” from the Rev. Mike Dennis, during the investigation of the March 31 incident.
“As a result, no fines or citations were imposed,” said the statement from Capt. Lorenzo Bagley of the Fire Prevention Bureau.
Dennis is lead pastor of the church at 522 30th St. NW.
A YouTube-posted video captured the blaze as a prop tombstone caught fire during the Easter service. The prop was ignited by a “flash wire.”
The statement from Bagley, however, says that they “saw many potential life safety concerns” while viewing the video.