- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Firefighters say over 40 people in a bridge club were evacuated from a church annex after heavy smoke drifted from the church to the building in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

No one was hurt in the fire, but firefighters were still trying to determine the cause of the fire in the United Methodist Church, which started Monday afternoon.

The Great Bay Bridge Club members were able to get out through the back of the building.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1CQcU6E) Deputy Fire Chief James Heinz said firefighters concentrated their efforts around the arched doors between the church and the annex, which were removed to vent smoke and allow access to adjacent walls where they believed there was fire. The cause was undetermined.

The church was built in 1827.


Information from: Portsmouth Herald, https://www.seacoastonline.com

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