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Fire severely damages old abandoned Twin Falls church

Several neighbors called 911 after seeing smoke and flames
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 4:25 PM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Twin Falls fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a Tuesday afternoon fire that severely damaged an old abandoned church.

The Twin Falls Fire Department found no one inside the building located near the 1500 block of Third Avenue East, between Locust and Maurice Streets, and some neighbors in area said the church has been abandoned since they can remember. Many didn’t even know the church’s original name.

A neighbor told KMVT as soon as she saw the flames she called 911, and another neighbor told KMVT the flames from the fire were as high the trees and smoke could be seen all the way down the block.

Firefighters are responding to a structure fire Tuesday afternoon in Twin Falls. A KMVT reporter was driving by when the fire started.

Posted by KMVT News on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Three Twin Falls Fire Department engines responded as well as one from Rock Creek Fire Protection District. Fire crews had the fire under control by about 4:40 p.m.. Twin Falls Police assisted with traffic control. Magic Valley Paramedics also responded.

Twin Falls Fire Chief Les Kenworthy said the fire didn’t spread to any other structures, and residents didn’t have to be evacuated from the fire homes once fire crews arrived.

KMVT will add more information when it becomes available.

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