- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A former church building in downtown Fort Dodge was destroyed in a weekend fire.

The Fort Dodge Messenger reports (http://bit.ly/1j2iyae ) that the authorities received the fire call around 2 p.m. Saturday. Two exterior walls collapsed around 3:15 p.m., as firefighters battled the blaze.

The building was originally home to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in the early 1900s, until the Fort Dodge Church of Christ moved into the building in the 1950s. Part of the building was also used as living space.

Fire Chief Chief Kent Hulett says local officials have called the State Fire Marshal’s office. Authorities have not yet disclosed a suspected cause.

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Information from: The Messenger, http://www.messengernews.net

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