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Brush Fire Rips Through Church in Glassell Park



    Glassell Park Church Gutted by Fire

    A rapidly expanding brush fire next to the 2 Freeway engulfed a Mormon church in Glassell Park. A large section of the building was consumed by flames and collapsed while firefighters were inside and on the roof trying to save the church. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. (Published Tuesday, July 7, 2015)

    A small brush fire that started off a Southern California freeway ripped through a Mormon church's gabled roof on Tuesday in Glassell Park and injured one firefighter.

    Teams of firefighters worked to douse the flames that could be seen through the triangular roof of a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    The fire was reported at 2:38 p.m. off the southbound Glendale (2) Freeway at North Verdugo Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

    The fire had burned about 1/4 of an acre as of 3 p.m. Its cause was not determined.

    A large portion of the church's roof collapsed while firefighters were outside trying to save the structure from additional damage.

    "Rapidly the roof started failing," said Capt. Mark Egizi of Los Angeles City Fire Department.

    Egizi said the one firefighter who was injured was hit in the arm, but was doing "OK."

    The church, which has more than 400 members, was built in the 1990's to accommodate the growing Spanish-speaking community.

    "We'll miss our church. We're really sad," said Adda Ojeda.

    Church members said they hope to rebuild, but plan to share space in the interim with a chapel in nearby Glendale. 

    RAW VIDEO: Glassell Park Church Fire

    [LA] RAW VIDEO: Firefighters Battle Glassell Park Church Fire
    A fast-moving brush fire burning along the 2 Freeway spread flames to a Mormon church in Glassell Park, engulfing the building’s attic and gutting a major portion of the structure. See raw video from Tuesday, July 7, 2015.
    (Published Tuesday, July 7, 2015)

    Corey Arvin contributed to this report.

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