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Fire damages building at Mormon temple in Westwood

January 10, 2012 |  9:38 am

Arson investigators were trying to determine the cause of a fire that damaged a building early Tuesday at the site of the Mormon temple in Westwood

Investigators were trying to determine the cause of a fire that damaged a building early Tuesday at the site of the Mormon temple in Westwood.

The structure was a house under construction on the church grounds, according to an official at the landmark property, the Los Angeles California Temple.

“It was going to be a house for the mission president,” said Fay Smith, a missionary who works in the public affairs office. “Its blackened ribs are still standing.”

Firefighters arrived shortly after 1 a.m. and put out the blaze in less than 30 minutes, according to City News Service. No injuries were reported.

The main building, known for its 257-foot-high white stone tower that looms over Santa Monica Boulevard, was not affected. The temple, which opened in the 1950s, is the second largest Mormon church in the country.

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Photo: Arson investigators were trying to determine the cause of a fire that damaged a building early Tuesday at the site of the Mormon temple in Westwood. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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