2 alarm fire damages Albany church

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by Associated Press

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Posted on July 22, 2013 at 9:08 AM

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) -- A two-alarm fire early Monday damaged the century-old Willamette Community Church in Albany.

The fire was reported after 2 a.m. by the assistant pastor who responded to a security alarm and smelled smoke.

The Albany Fire Department says the fire started in the basement and went to two alarms because it spread into the walls, floors and ceilings.

A sprinkler system in the basement limited the damage. Firefighters had to tear open floors and ceilings to extinguish hidden flames.

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