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Published May 28, 2012, 10:30 AM

Minneapolis church burns; 5 firefighters hurt

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A historic church in south Minneapolis has been destroyed by fire, and five firefighters were injured while battling the blaze.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A historic church in south Minneapolis has been destroyed by fire, and five firefighters were injured while battling the blaze.

The Walker Community United Methodist Church went up in flames Sunday evening. Deputy fire chief Todd Steinhilber says the cause is still under investigation.

A fire department news release says three of the injured firefighters were treated and released Sunday night for first-degree burns to their hands. The other two remained hospitalized Monday with first- and second-degree burns. There were no reports of any residents injured.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report (http://bit.ly/L7Hk8b ) says the church is in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood of south Minneapolis. It had about 150 members.

The building was opened in 1910. The fire left the structure so unstable that it was being razed Monday.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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