AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Aurora Fire Department would like the public’s help in their arson investigation at a place of worship.

The Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall at Yale and Truckee in Aurora burned earlier this month.

Fire fighters responded quickly to the Kingdom Hall in Aurora. The front of the building was badly damaged and little evidence was left behind.

“I have no idea what possible motivations people have. We don’t know if it was a target of convenience of if they were going after this target specifically,” Cpt. Allen Robnett with the Aurora Fire Department said.

Fire investigators say witnesses have given them their best leads, but they’re vague at best.

“There was a report of a white van behind the structure prior to the fire, and the light was flashing,” Robnett said.

When CBS4 arrived on the scene Wednesday a white van was spotted almost immediately. Aurora Water has a project next door, but the water company says it couldn’t have been their employees mistaken for suspects because none of their vans were logged out when the fire happened. They say they haven’t been interviewed by investigators.

“My concern is for all those who support this Kingdom Hall,” Jehovah’s Witness member Larry Goss said.

The building was built in just a matter of days, but now it could be much longer before its congregation can return.

“This is our center of worship, as well as our center for preaching,” Goss said. “It’s going to affect a lot of people.”

Investigators say the Kingdom Hall fire has no connection to the fire that heavily damaged the Saint Malo Catholic Retreat in Allenspark that happened last month. Investigators think that fire started in a chimney and was pushed by strong winds.

Comments (10)
  1. Oliver Klosof says:

    Just like Jehovah’s Witnesses — always wanting one more witness.

    Looks like people able to read the tea leaves and predict the end of the world could read those same tea leaves and come up with their arsonist.

    1. KT says:

      Guess you don’t know that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not claim to know when the end is comming. Read your Bible. It tells no one

    2. R says:

      You must not be familiar with the Witnesses or the bible, period. They have never claimed to know when the end will come about. They believe in Jesus’ words at Matt 24 where he talks about himself not even knowing when the end would arrive.

  2. K Harrington says:

    This is a sad situation… I am thankful that none of my Brothers or Sisters were hurt during this attack on our place of worship. This is truly a sign of the times… we are living in the conclusion of this system of things.

  3. S Adams says:

    Wow…this is really sad, but I am so thankful to Jehovah that the brothers and sisters are alright. You have our support and prayers from Tennesse.

  4. JesusNotTheWatchtower says:

    Actually I used to be a Jehovah’s Witness, and the comments here that they never predicted an end to the world is an outright lie at best. Here are just a VERY VERY small sample of their predictions and false prophecies:

    1916 “The Bible chronology herein presented shows that the six great 1000 year days beginning with Adam are ended, and that the great 7th Day, the 1000 years of Christ’s Reign, began in 1873,” (The Time Is at Hand, forward, p. ii).
    1918 “Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old, particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews 11, to the condition of human perfection,” (Millions Now Living Will Never Die, p. 89).
    1922 “The date 1925 is even more distinctly indicated by the Scriptures than 1914,” (Watchtower, Sept. 1, 1922, p. 262).
    1923 “Our thought is, that 1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures. As to Noah, the Christian now has much more upon which to base his faith than Noah had upon which to base his faith in a coming deluge,” (Watchtower, Apr. 1, 1923, p. 106).

  5. JesusNotTheWatchtower says:

    That is not to say, however, that this sort of act is EVER justified. This was an act perpetrated by cowards.

  6. JesusNotTheWatchtower says:

    Here is one more jem for those wondering if JWs are false prophets:

    “…the ‘battle of the great day of God Almighty’ (Rev. 16:14), which will end in A.D. 1914 with the complete overthrow of earth’s present rulership, is already commenced.”—The Time is At Hand, Studies in the Scriptures, vol. 2, 1886, 1911 edition, p. 101

  7. James Gerald says:

    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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