Indianapolis church built in 1940s destroyed by overnight fire

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By Lindy Thackston

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 2, 2014) – An Indianapolis church built in the 1940s was destroyed by fire overnight.

Firefighters battled the two-alarm fire at Friendly Church of the Nazarene on W. Ray Street and S. Holmes Avenue for nearly an hour Thursday morning.

The call came in at 12:02 a.m. and the Indianapolis Fire Department arrived within four minutes and found heavy flames and smoke coming through the roof. Thirteen IFD crews and two units from Wayne Township had the fire under control by 12:56 a.m.

The south part of the church was built in 1945 and the north end was added in 1967. The church recently finished renovations.

Damage is estimated at $300,000. IFD says the church has insurance.

Arson investigators were on the scene Thursday, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. IFD says it's unclear at this time if there were working smoke detectors.

There are about 35 members of Friendly Church of the Nazarene.

A civilian at the scene was treated for slight smoke inhalation.