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AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Firefighters rushed to put out a fire at the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Aurora early Friday morning.

A passerby called in the fire at about 2 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the place of worship at Yale and Truckee, they found an active fire burning inside the hall.

“Shortly thereafter Aurora police arrived on scene and said we have heavy smoke coming from multiple points, it was a confirmed fire. Six to 8 minutes later our rigs were arriving on scene and were met with heavy fire conditions,” said Aurora Fire Department Capt. Mike Ackman.

What caused the fire is being investigated. Arson dogs were brought to the scene to sniff for accelerants. It is unclear if they found anything suspicious.

Most of the damage was contained to the inside of the building. It was built in 1982. About 400 members worship there. No one was hurt in the blaze.

“This is our center of worship as well as our center for Kingdom preaching and to not have that available for a period of time is going to affect a lot of brothers and sisters,” said Jehovah’s Witness Larry Goss.

Jehovah’s Witnesses from another Kingdom Hall offered another space for the group to worship.

“Quite frankly most of those Kingdom Halls are packed so it’s going to be difficult to make arrangements to absorb all those publishers into those Kingdom Halls to take care of everyone,” said Goss.

The building houses one large meeting room. It was last used at about 10 p.m. Thursday for a worship service.

“Well, things happen you know and so we’ve been through this before and we’ll get her fixed up and get back going,” said Jehovah’s Witness Rick Cline.

  • Polycarp

    I remember this structure was built inj about 10 days. I am sure it will be back in operation soon
    God bless
    Perhaps those responsible will have pangs of conscience, repent and seek forgiveness for the congregation and from their heavenly father

  • yizuman

    If you guys had known the inner workings of the JWs and it’s practices, you’d be shocked. False prophecies, the UN Scandal, the WTS practices of protecting pedophiles from prosecution.

    While torching a building (if that’s what it is) is wrong, but two wrongs don’t make it a right.

    • Karen

      Really yizuman? I’m not a JW but have several friends who are and they are kind people who have better ethics and manners than most of the population. I hope their hall is rebuild soon and the arsonist is caught.

  • eorougue 1432

    This site is a good source of information about yizuman’s assertions:

  • wwynn

    1 Happy is the man that has not walked in the counsel of the wicked ones,
    And in the way of sinners has not stood,
    And in the seat of ridiculers has not sat.

    Pslams 1:1
    You should reject lies and false stories – especially from people who have hidden agendas as referenced by this website.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses do not tolerate depraved immorality – the person is removed.

    What is promoted is raising children with care and respect. The sacredness of the family arrangement, and respect for life.

    And above all worship that Jehovah God approves of throught the Bible.
    Galatians 5:19-26; Romans 13:8-11, Romans 12:9. These scriptures are in every Bible irregardless of your Christian background.

    • eorougue 1432

      Check the website with an open mind, wwynn. That’s all you need to do. The only agenda in my link is to let the truth be known. The only wicked people in the link are the abusers. Victims are not wicked, they just want their side of their stories to be told.

  • Sandy

    Hmmm! Maybe eorougue 1432 and yizuman should be checked out by the police as possible suspects. Their kind of hate is possible motive. If you really want to know what goes on in a Kingdom Hall…Come for a meeting or two and find out for yourself. “Jesus said that his followers would be hated on acoount of his name.” Dont worry the Kingdom Hall will be back. Better than ever. Remember if our organization was not backed by Jehovah, it would have failed centuries ago.

    • eorougue 1432

      Presenting an opposing viewpoint based on facts as presented in is hardly hate, Sandy. Your baseless claim that yizuman or I should be checked out as arson suspects is a judgment on your part and don’t you as Christians believe that only your Lord God Jehovah should judge man? And check out the police reports and news reports in the site before you state that the website is based on lies.

  • Lorra

    The best course is to ignore and not encourage the discussion.

    • Bird

      I agree!!!!

  • dave

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    A corrupt DEA poisoned my dog to death because I called the San Francisco Attorney General’s office to complain that the FBI and DEA where fabricating evidence and stealing from me.

  • James Gerald

    Although I live nearly 1000 miles from the Aurora, Colorado Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I found this example of KARMA to be very interesting. You see, many years ago, I was sent to Aurora for training by an Employer. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, one of the first things that I did on arriving in Aurora was to telephone this Kingdom Hall to find out where it was located and what was the meetings schedule, so that I could attend the five weekly meetings during my lengthy stay in Aurora. Since I had flown to Aurora, I also needed transportation to the meetings. The Elder who answered the telephone was extremely helpful, and indicated that providing transportation would be NO PROBLEM since at least one other Elder and other members in the Aurora congregation lived near my lodging.

    That second JW ELDER, who lived nearby, along with his family, picked me up for my first meeting in Aurora. Even though I had been reared as a 4th generation Jehovah’s Witness, I was impressed with the gracious hospitality that I was shown by everyone at the Aurora, Colorado Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses during my first visit.

    HOWEVER, such hospitality did not last beyond that initial visit. When second JW ELDER showed up to pick me up for the next meeting, his family was glaringly absent from the family vehicle. During our ride to the Kingdom Hall, second JW ELDER explained that the Elders at the Aurora, Colorado Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses had telephoned my home congregation and supposedly been told that I was an “undesirable”, who had only recently been reinstated after a number of years of inactivity and serving six months as “disfellowshipped”.

    I explained to JW Elder that I had been reared as a JW, but after a bad marriage and divorce, that I had gone totally inactive. During that period of inactivity, during which I obtained a higher education, I had “lived with” my by-then wife. Recently, I had decided to return to the JWs, and had practically “forced” my wife to convert to the JWs. Everything was done on my initative, and I was merely required to spend the minimal period of six months being disfellowshipped. I had been fully “re-instated”, and I was then under NO RESTRICTIONS at my home congregation — being free to go out in field service, comment at meetings, and I was a member of the Theocratic Ministry School.

    Second JW ELDER dismissed my explanation, and told me that although he would continue to transport me to the meetings, that he would not allow his family to accompany us together in their auto. Upon arriving at the Aurora, Colorado Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I quickly discovered that I had been “marked”, and was being “shunned”. Noone would speak to me, nor even sit in the same row near me. A rotting corpse would have received better treatment at the Aurora, Colorado Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses than I did. Like a typical BRAINWASHED CULT MEMBER, I faithfully endured this same repeated treatment at the Aurora, Colorado Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses for the next several weeks.

    Thus, if I had been in Aurora when this recent KARMA occurred, I would have brought a lawn chair and snacks.

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