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Glassell Park fire burns Mormon church, collapsing roof

A brush fire in Glassell Park spread to the roof of a nearby church on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.
A brush fire in Glassell Park spread to the roof of a nearby church on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.
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A brush fire in Glassell Park spread to a nearby church Tuesday, collapsing its roof and causing damage to the interior, Los Angeles fire officials said. The fire has since been extinguished, according to the L.A. Fire Department.

Over 100 firefighters were assisting with the blaze, which took place near the 2 Freeway, LAFD spokesperson Margaret Stewart told KPCC.

"The brush fire was extinguished; however, the embers had hit the eaves of the church and spread through the attic," Stewart said. "There was a roof collapse, so we are no longer on the exterior of the church."

Stewart said that they attacked the attic fire using ladders and heavy streams from outside after the roof collapse, as well as from on the safe part of the roof. The fire was initially isolated to the attic, but may have spread to the interior.

The church was the only building at risk.

"The church was right next to the brush that was on fire, and so it was immediately impacted by that brush," Stewart said.

No one was inside the church as firefighters were fighting it. It is unknown if anyone had been inside when the fire first started. 

While firefighters fought the blaze church members spread to other chapels in Glendale and Los Angeles to worship, Church Spokesman Jim Jenks told KPCC media partner NBC LA. 

Two firefighters were injured and transported to a hospital. One fireman in good condition and the other in fair condition. 

The cause of the brush fire was unknown, Stewart said.

This story has been updated.