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12/21/06-GLENDALE, Calif.

Fire Engulfs Southern California Church

 A fire engulfed a large church Wednesday night, sending members of the choir fleeing and destroying the sanctuary. No injuries were reported.

The fire at Christian Life Church ignited shortly before 8 p.m. while a choir was rehearsing inside the building, fire Capt. Jim Frawley said.

"While they were in there they heard some crackling and began to smell smoke, so everyone evacuated," Frawley said.

The fire spread across the attic above the sanctuary and caused the roof to collapse, he said.

The sanctuary was destroyed and an office area behind the church was also damaged. The fire did not spread to the adjoining La Crescenta Christian School.

The church is located in nearby La Crescenta, a Los Angeles foothill community about 15 miles north of downtown.

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