Unattended candles blamed for Ada church fire

The First United Methodist Church was dedicated on June 18, 1899.

Investigators believe unattended candles caused a major fire that destroyed a historic church in Ada on Tuesday.

A State Fire Marshal's office spokesman told the Associated Press they found no evidence of criminal intent after investigating the scene at the First United Methodist Church.

The fire will be ruled undetermined because safety concerns prevented authorities from completing their investigation.

No one was injured in the incident, but community members continue to mourn the loss of the 102-year-old church. The building was dedicated on June 18, 1899.

"The community found her doors open and welcoming, a place to meet, a place to eat, a place to come together. Such faithfulness should bring tears and does bring tears," Pastor Mary Jo Yeakel wrote on the church's website. "Yet WE are church. We worshiped today in the street. We prayed together with everybody. Old boundaries melted away and we hugged each other and offered whatever we had."

The 10:30 a.m. worship service for Sunday, March 18 will take place at Ohio Northern University's English Chapel

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)