Authorities investigate fire that destroyed Bethel church

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BETHEL, Alaska — Authorities are investigating an early morning fire that destroyed a church in Bethel.

KYUK (http://is.gd/WVfL2k) says no injuries were reported in the fire that broke out Monday.

Acting Fire Chief Bill Howell says the blaze involved at least 50 percent of the Pentecostal Holiness Church when firefighters arrived in response to a call shortly after 6:15 a.m. Monday.

Howell says he arrived on scene about 10- to- 12 minutes after the first firefighters arrived.

He says flames were coming out of the windows on the east side of the building and the fire had just started to breach the roof. He says authorities don't believe anyone was inside the building at the time of the fire.

Howell believes the church is a total loss.


Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org

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