A Topeka neighborhood woke up to smoke and debris falling from the sky, and a historic building on fire.
No word yet on a cause, crews have been there since the call came in at 8 Sunday morning, and once they arrived, it was clear the church could not be saved.
Built in the 1890s, the old Harrison church went up brick by brick, but smoke and flames tore it down Sunday morning.
"I wouldn't expect no church would be on fire on a Sunday," said one neighbor.
When the first trucks arrived, crews knew there would be no miracle for this house of Worship.
"We went into full defensive mode with the amount of smoke that was coming from the rest of the building," said Battalion Chief, Ron Hufford.
Abandoned for years now, the building was not structurally sound, and firefighters stayed outside.
Through the smoke, council woman Karen Hiller, who lobbied not to tear it down when others wanted to, could only see the frame of the building in the morning sun.
"Well we were afraid this would happen," said Hiller.
In August, the Topeka City Council decided the old church would be demolished.
After debating for months if it should be a historical landmark, or if it needed to be completely destroyed.
"It's sad really. It's a beautiful building," said Hiller.
"When it was open, we used to go trick or treating here. It's crazy. I would never expect nothing like this," said one neighbor.
But not everyone who lives in the neighborhood is sad to see the bricks come down in a heap.
"It is a place where homeless people sleep and stuff at night. I'm tired of it it's just a nuisance to the community," said another resident.
"At this point, with this building, people will be relieved because it's been a constant worry," said Hiller.
Dust and ash on a Sunday morning, the final offering of this once-beautiful church.