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Santa Ana church fire ruled accidental

December 8, 2011 |  3:39 pm

Fire investigators have determined that an early morning fire that damaged part of a church in Santa Ana was an accident.

Santa Ana Fire Department Capt. Ben Gonzales said the fire at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church caused about $1.5 million in damage. It might have been electrical, he said.

The fire started about 1:30 a.m. and ripped through a portion of the church that was being renovated, but firefighters were able to keep it from spreading to the sanctuary. The sanctuary suffered minor smoke and water damage.

The church's pastor was not available for comment Thursday afternoon. A staffer who answered the phone said Masses were canceled for the day but would resume Saturday.

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