Early morning church fire causes $1M in damages

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – An electrical malfunction sparked a two-alarm fire
that caused an estimated $1 million worth of damage to the off-site
administrative offices of a Linda Vista church early Tuesday.

The non-injury blaze in the 3800 block of Ruffin Road in Kearny Mesa
erupted about 3:45 a.m. It took firefighters roughly 15 minutes to get the
flames under control, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department
spokesman Maurice Luque.

Investigators traced the origin of the blaze to a copy machine in the
offices, which are used by the Flood Church. It was unclear if the wiring
problem was in the device itself or in an attached power cord, Luque said.

The monetary losses were set at $900,000 to the building and
$100,000 to contents.

The congregation, which meets for worship at Kearny High School on
Wellington Way, will hold its Easter Sunday services as usual this weekend,
according to church spokesman Jeremiah Kim.

“Although we are saddened by this event, we plan to continue to move
forward with our ministry efforts,” Kim said.

The spokesman praised fire crews for preventing the intense blaze from
leveling the entire structure.

“We greatly appreciate the quick response of the 60 members of San
Diego Fire Department and their ability to limit the damage caused,” Kim said.
“Their actions saved the … structure.”

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