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Updated: Fire Heavily Damages Cambridge Church of the Nazarene

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Firefighters were on the scene Wednesday evening at a fire at the Church of the Nazrene in Cambridge, Md. (Photo: Easton Fire Department) Firefighters were on the scene Wednesday evening at a fire at the Church of the Nazrene in Cambridge, Md. (Photo: Easton Fire Department)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Authorities say it took 60 firefighters from more than a dozen fire companies more than two hours to extinguish a fire at the Church of the Nazarene in Cambridge.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said the three-alarm blaze happened at around 6:30 p.m. at the church, located at 97 Sandy Hill Road.

According to investigators, the single story masonry structure is made up of the original church, built in 1965, and the fellowship hall built in the 1980s. Four members of the church were alerted by the fire alarm system and evacuated the building safely.

Occupants told fire officials the fire originated in the ceiling of the fellowship hall.

The State Fire Marshal's Office said the fire required 14 volunteer fire departments to respond from Dorchester, Talbot, Wicomico and Caroline counties. The blaze was placed under control in approximately two-and-a-half hours. As result, the bulk of the fire damage was contained to the fellowship hall, allowing the church to remain standing.

One firefighter was transported in stable condition to Dorchester General Hospital for a heat-related illness, authorities said. 

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze. Early estimates of loss to the structure and contents are valued at nearly $600,000.

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