“He was visibly worried about that stuff,” Felt said. Felt, who is not Catholic, said that he believes the priest was Father Yancey Burgess, pastor of the church. A spokesperson for the Fort Scott Police Department, Sergeant Bill Downey Jr., confirmed that Burgess was the priest who salvaged the items for Communion.
Photos that Felt took show Burgess, accompanied by a firefighter, reaching for items on the altar during the fire. CNA reached out to Burgess for comment, but received no response prior to publication.
One firefighter from Fort Scott sustained a minor injury, but has already been released from the emergency room, according to a statement from the Fort Scott Fire Department.
The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office, along with local fire officials, is conducting an investigation into the blaze of the 19th century…