Fire Breaks Out in Church Sanctuary

By Dan Stamm
|  Friday, Feb 7, 2014  |  Updated 6:57 AM EDT
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The blaze broke out in the sanctuary of St. John's United Methodist Church.

NBC10.com - Monique Braxton

The blaze broke out in the sanctuary of St. John's United Methodist Church.

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A fire broke out inside the sanctuary of a local church overnight.

The fire began around 3:45 a.m. Friday inside St. John’s United Methodist Church along Ganttown Road in Washington Township, N.J.

Firefighters were dispatched after an alarm went off.

“They noticed an active fire in the old main sanctuary of the church,” said Washington Township Fire Chief John Hoffman.

It took firefighters a short time to bring the blaze under control, said Hoffman.

No one was in the church at the time and no injuries were reported.

“The fire remained relatively small and the damage is not overly extensive,” said Hoffman.

Hoffman said the fire appeared to be accidental.

The exact cause of the fire is pending an investigation.

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