West Philly Church Fire Ruled 'Accidental'

By David Chang and Lauren DiSanto
|  Sunday, Nov 10, 2013  |  Updated 10:13 PM EDT
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Officials are investigating a fire that heavily damaged a West Philadelphia church. NBC10's Monique Braxton has the details.

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Officials are investigating a fire that heavily damaged a West Philadelphia church. NBC10's Monique Braxton has the details.

The Fire Marshal's Office has ruled that a fire that swept through a West Philadelphia Church early Sunday morning was accidental.

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Crews were called out to the Faith Outreach Ministries for All People on 60th and Master Streets around 3:45 a.m. Responding firefighters were able to place the blaze under control in about 30 minutes.

Investigators say the fire gutted the sanctuary and office of the church. While deemed accidental, they are still working to figure out how it started.

Parishioners were allowed inside the church to assess the damage first-hand.

The church's bishop held Sunday services at his house, just a few blocks away. The church across the street, Calvin Presbyterian, tells NBC10 they have also offered up use of their church sanctuary.

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