LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A fire gutted a church in Leimert Park early Friday morning.
The fire broke out around 1:50 a.m. at the Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church at 4909 Crenshaw Boulevard in South Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
When fire crews arrived, 50-foot flames could be seen coming from the structure. Firefighters had to attack the blaze in a defensive mode, dousing it with water from the outside.
“There was such a significant fire inside that the wooden chairs are completely gone,” LAFD Cpt. Jamie Moore told KNX 1070’s Jon Baird.