Small fire at Kane County religious center investigated
Fire report (Tribune illustration)
The fire at the Mata Amritanandamayi Center Chicago, 41-W-501 Keslinger Road, near Elburn in Kane County, started about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, said Kane County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Patrick Gengler.
The fire was contained to a restroom and an adjoining janitor closet, and was put out by the Elburn Fire Department, Gengler said.
People were in the building at the time of the fire, but no one was injured, Gengler said.
Local authorities are working with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate the fire because of the fire occurring at a religious institution, Gengler said.
The center is run by followers of Hindu spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known to followers as Amma, meaning mother in several Indian languages.
She is scheduled to dedicate the ashram with a program starting Saturday and running through July 4, according to the center’s website.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire, Gengler said.