- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A fire has destroyed much of an Indianapolis church that dates back to the 1940s.

Firefighters arrived about 12:15 a.m. Thursday to find flames shooting through the roof of the Friendly Church of the Nazarene in a neighborhood on the city’s west side.

Fire Capt. Rita Reith (rite) says no injuries were reported and that the fire’s cause was under investigation.

Longtime church member Kim Dennison told Indianapolis TV stations the fire leaves her sick and that the church has had a lot of vandalism recently.

The Fire Department estimated the blaze caused $300,000 in damage.

The oldest part of the church was built in 1945, and Dennison says the congregation started by meeting in a tent.

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