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Fire Burns Church in Albany

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ALBANY, Ore. — The Albany Fire Department responded to a fire burning at Willamette Community Church at around 2 a.m. Monday after the building’s security alarm was activated.

The church, located at the 400 block of 3rd Ave. SE, is 101 years old. Crews had to chase quickly spreading flames through the building. A sprinkler system initially activated in the church’s basement, but a second alarm was activated when the fire spread to the walls, floor and ceiling of the three -story building.

Crews had the fire under control after about one hour and 30 minutes. Firefighters remained on the scene for several hours Monday morning to mop up hotspots.

The church’s associate pastor was alerted by the building’s security system and smelled smoke in the building upon investigation. In response to his emergency call, 35 fire personnel arrived at the scene including those from the Corvallis Fire Department, and the Lebanon and Tangent fire districts.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and the total dollar loss has not yet been determined. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

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