“Suspicious” Fire Damages Church in Echo Park

Firefighters are attempting to determine whether an overnight church fire described as "suspicious" was intentionally set.

The fire was reported at about 2:30 a.m. at Forerunners for Christ Church in the 1600 block of Morton Avenue in Echo Park. The fire was burning in front of the church when firefighters arrived and extended to the attic.

No injuries were reported.

"It was just the front porch that was on fire," said Pastor Linda Cruz, who said the building is about 100 years old. "There's still quite a bit of damage."

There was no damage to the building's interior, Cruz said.

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