Fire Rips Through Los Angeles LDS Chapel, Investigation Underway

Fire Rips Through Los Angeles LDS Chapel, Investigation Underway

Featured Image | Erik Scott/Los Angeles Fire Department

On Wednesday, an LDS chapel in Van Nuys, a Los Angeles neighborhood, was devastated by fire.

Contained to a classroom, the kitchen, the attic, and a hallway, the fire was reported a little after 2 a.m. and 71 firefighters worked for nearly an hour to put out the blaze. Because of their fast work, the chapel and other parts of the building were not damaged.

At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown but foul play is not suspected. Church representatives are currently working to assess the damage and leaders from the many wards that meet in the building are working with other congregations in the area to use their chapels while the building is repaired.

The Van Nuys chapel was built in 1953 and had a large recreation hall and two chapels, according to Dan Robins, the director of area public affairs for the Church.

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