WAVERLY, Mo. — Community members and members of the Victory Christian Fellowship church in Waverly are reeling after a fire severely damaged the church sanctuary Sunday afternoon.

According to an official with the Carrollton Fire Department, the fire was first reported at approximately 4:20 p.m. Sunday at the Victory Fellowship Church in Waverly.

The blaze, which quickly grew, required mutual aid to be called in by the Waverly Volunteer Fire Department from Alma, Blackburn, Carrollton, Corder as well as Dover.

Firefighters determined that the first flames were sparked on the east side of the building, and a backhoe was brought in to help remove siding on the church so fire officials could better reach the flames.

Most of the fire damage was contained to the first and second floors of the eastern portion of the building, where the kitchen was located.

Pastor Jerry Curry told KMZU News that the fire destroyed all of the food stored inside the church, which was due to be given out as part of the church’s Shepherd’s Food Pantry Program beginning this Saturday.

Due to the fire, the program has been suspended until further notice. It was not clear when the pantry would get back up and running, but Pastor Curry said he hoped to get things back on track “within the next 30 days, hopefully.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation, however the cause has been preliminarily ruled to be electrical.