Fire guts decades-old Massachusetts church

May 17, 2009 12:40:15 PM PDT
A fire began during Sunday morning services at a crowded church in Cambridge, Mass., and quickly spread through the decades-old building. About 300 people were inside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meeting house at the time, but officials say it appears everyone was able to make it outside safely.

Fire officials say the blaze, which was reported just before 11 a.m., started in the building's attic and quickly reached three alarms.

Witnesses say attendance at the church was larger than usual because the parish was part of a national teleconference with Mormon church leaders in Utah.

The building, which is about 60-years old, was gutted. The roof collapsed, but the steeple remained standing.

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