Fire erupts overnight at West LA Mormon Temple

The Los Angeles California Temple.
The Los Angeles California Temple. More Good Foundation/Flickr

In the wee small hours of Tuesday morning, a fire erupted at a construction site on the grounds of the nation's second-largest Mormon temple.

The blaze erupted just after 1 a.m. Tuesday and 48 firefighters doused it within a half-hour.

Matt Ball, a spokesman with the church, said that no threats preceded the blaze, and added that the temple property is patrolled around the clock. Security guards did not indicate they saw any intruders.

"As far as we know, it's just an unfortunate accident," he told the San Francisco Chronicle.

He went on to maintain that construction would continue and that the fire was "just a little setback."

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Matt Spence told the Associated Press that because the blaze occurred on church property, the Fire Department's special Church Arson Task Force was called in to investigate.

The 4,000-square-foot building was in the wood framing stage. It is intended to house the Los Angeles Mormon mission president and serve as an administrative welcome center for visitors.

The main body of the Los Angeles California Temple was not harmed.

With contributions by Paige Osburn

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