- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fire has badly damaged a South Los Angeles church building used by homeless people but authorities say everyone managed to get out safely before part of the roof collapsed.

Fire officials say the fire erupted shortly after 5 a.m. Monday in a two-story building on Hoover Street.

About 125 firefighters took nearly two hours to douse the fire.

At one point, the roof partially collapsed and firefighters had to leave the building, using hoses to pour water on it from outside.

The building wasn’t currently in church use. Authorities say it was occupied by homeless people who fled before firefighters arrived.

Arson investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.


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