A historic church caught fire in Prosper, Texas

On Tuesday August 2nd at approximately 1:45pm the Prosper Fire Department received a report of a 3 alarm fire at First Presbyterian Church on S Coleman Street. The historic church was founded in 1878 and has been part of the Prosper landscape since 1902.

According WFAAfire crews from the Prosper, Frisco, Celina, McKinney, Little Elm and Aubrey fire departments rushed to the site and worked together to put out the blaze as quickly as they could, aware of the magnitude history of the church.

But by the time crews arrived at the site, there was already smoke billowing from the building. All four walls are still standing, but the interior of the church has suffered severe damage, both from fire and water, and could be subject to major renovations or possibly complete reconstruction.

Fortunately, there was no one inside the church at the time of the fire and no one was injured.

The church was founded in 1878 and the building was first constructed in 1892 at Rock Hill. In 1902 it moved to Prosper and in 2012 the Texas Historical Commission designated it a historic landmark.

“He’s been here longer than anyone,” Prosper Fire Department Chief Stuart Blasingame told the WFAA, adding, “Luckily he’s still standing, but there’s a lot of damage to the interior.”

For now, the 50-member congregation will have to attend virtual services until the church decides its next step. Pastor Fowler, who has been with the church since 2000, said: “It’s just a devastating loss. This place is full of history.” But he added that the church is more than just a building. “We’re not going anywhere. We’ve been here since Prosper became a town.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Prosper Fire Department.

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Jerry B. Hatch