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Fire destroys part of church in Santa Ana

December 8, 2011 |  7:02 am

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Fire destroyed part of a Santa Ana church early Thursday morning, authorities said.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 3rd Street and Grand Avenue at about 1:30 a.m. and found the north portion of the church, which was being remodeled, "well involved" in flames, said Santa Ana fire Capt. Ben Gonzales.

About 60 firefighters from Santa Ana and neighboring departments battled the blaze and knocked the fire down in an hour, Gonzales said. But the section of the church that was under construction was charred.

Gonzales said firefighters were able to stop the flames from spreading to the south portion of the church where the sanctuary is housed. The sanctuary sustained smoke and water damage.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the fire can call the Santa Ana Fire Department at (714) 647-5700.

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Photo: Santa Ana Fire Department Capt. Ben Gonzales is shown inside the damaged Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic church in Santa Ana. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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