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Old computer caused Clearfield church fire
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CLEARFIELD — Just days after a fire ripped through Clearfield Community Church, investigators have determined that an old computer tower caused the Tuesday fire.

The blaze resulted in between $750,000 and $1 million in damage. 

The computer tower, located in the church library, apparently overheated, the Rev. John Parsley, the congregation’s pastor, said.

A joint task force including investigators from the North Davis Fire District, Clearfield Police Department, the Utah Fire Marshal’s Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, conducted the investigation.

The congregation will meet at Wasatch Elementary School, 210 E. Center Street in Clearfield, with Sunday services at 10 a.m., “for the time being,” Parsley said.

Additional classes will be held in small group settings in members’ homes.

Parsley noted the support the congregation has received from the community.

“The LDS community helped out and the evangelical community helped, leaving us with the ability to take care of the things we had to do,” he said.

The blaze completely destroyed the newer, west wing of the church, while damage to the east wing was mainly the result of firefighting efforts.

With the investigation concluded, clean-up crews were on scene Friday.

“There is lots of water, smoke and heat damage in the part that remains,” Parsley said. 

The east wing, built in the 1950s, is of a concrete construction. The west wing was mainly wood.

Parsley is hopeful the congregation can use the east wing in a matter of months.

The congregation is already making plans to rebuild. They are looking at plans that would give the building a more modern look, attractive to young people, Parsley said.

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