Phoenix church damaged in early morning fire

Phoenix church damaged in early morning fire

Phoenix church damaged in early morning fire

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by Christina O'Haver

azfamily.com

Posted on August 2, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 4 at 4:21 PM

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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix church was damaged in an early morning fire Saturday.

Phoenix firefighters responded to a first-alarm fire at St. Mary's Episcopal Church near 39th and Glendale avenues at 1:15 a.m.

Phoenix Fire Capt. Scott McDonald said the fire appears suspicious in nature but is still under investigation.

The Rev. Craig Bustrin said the fire apparently started in an administrative office and spread to the clergy office, youth room, parish kitchen and nursery. He said there was also significant smoke damage.

"I was waken out of a sound sleep by frantic ringing of the doorbell in the parish house next door," Bustrin said. "I opened the door, (saw) major flashing lights, and someone said the church is on fire. I was gobsmacked."

Fire crews quickly extinguished the flames and kept them from spreading into the sanctuary.

"There must have been 20 fire trucks," Bustrin said. "It was really gratifying that on such short notice it seemed like half of Phoenix and Glendale fire departments were here."

Bustrin said services will still be held Sunday, but probably not inside the church. The St. Mary's Manor ministry offered its common room for services.

No injuries were reported.

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