Old computer caused Clearfield church fire

Friday , March 22, 2013 - 10:41 AM

CLEARFIELD — Investigators have determined an old computer tower caused the fire that destroyed the Clearfield Community Church on Tuesday, fire officials said.

North Davis District Interim Fire Chief Mark Becraft said a joint task force, which consisted of the State Fire Marshal Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the North Davis Fire District and Clearfield Police Department, conducted the investigation.

The computer tower, which dated back to the 1980s, overheated and caused the fire. Pastor John Parsley said the computer was plugged in, but it wasn't on and it was in the library.

The estimated damages are between $750,000 and $1 million, Becraft said.

Becraft will be a speaker at the church’s Sunday services at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium of Wasatch Elementary School, 270 E. Center St., Clearfield.Parsley asked the chief to give a report to the church congregation.

Parsley said classes will likely be held in small groups inside homes. More information will be provided to the congregation on Sunday.

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