Fire Strikes Historic Mormon Church

May 17, 2009 6:41:39 PM PDT
Fire gutted the oldest Mormon Church in Massachusetts during Sunday morning services.We have video showing a whole lot of smoke coming out of the roof of the church. That's because the fire started in the attic and burned for quite a while before anyone noticed.

Fire alarms eventually went off and all 300 people inside the church got out safely. But the attic isn't easily accessible, so firefighters say they had a hard time fighting the fire and the flames burned through the top half of the church.

Attendance at the church today was higher than usual because of a national teleconference with Mormon Church leaders in Utah.

Ruby Bondwornick, churchgoer said, "Because we were having a state conference, I figured it'd be a good chance to go back to my old church. I didn't know it would be for the last time.

Fire investigators know where the fire started, but they're still trying to figure out how.

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