Fire damages building at 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.
-- Alan Zarembo
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