Fire destroys historic church in Palm Springs

Community Church declared landmark in 1930's

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A historic church building in Palm Springs was damaged today in a fire.

The two-alarm blaze was reported at 4:30 a.m. at the vacant Community Church, 284 S. Cahuilla Road. Arriving firefighters saw flames coming through the roof near the center of the building, said Palm Springs Deputy Fire Chief Jim Webb.

Six engines, one truck, a breathing support unit and 36 personnel were sent to the blaze. Firefighters saved the northern part of the building, and no one was hurt, Webb said.

He said fire and police officials were investigating the cause of the fire.

The building was constructed in 1930 and designated a historic site by the city in 1989, according to the city and real estate listings. It was appraised for about $1 million by the county assessor, according to Webb.

South Cahuilla Road was closed between West Baristo and East Arenas roads due to the fire, according to the Palm Springs Police Department.

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