100-year-old Cheesman Park church damaged by fire

DENVER — A 100-year-church in the Cheesman Park area was damaged by a fire Monday, less than a day after hosting hundreds at a Mother’s Day Celebration.

According to a Denver Fire spokesperson, the fire was reported at Church of the Ascension just before 2 a.m., It appears, the spokesperson continued, that the fire began in some hedges and trees outside the building before spreading inside.

No one was hurt in the fire, but neighbors in Cheesman Park were certainly startled by the blaze.

“I woke up to screaming,” Lisa Whittaker said. “I thought maybe it was a car accident. Because right after the screaming, it didn’t take too long before I heard sirens.”

The church is located near 6th Avenue at 600 Gilpin Street, forcing emergency crews to shut down the major Denver road between Williams Street and Gilpin for several hours while crews tended to the scene. Those closures were lifted around 5:45 a.m.