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Whittier church fire prompts massive response from firefighters


FIRE BURNING IN WHITTIER. IT IS A TWO ALARM FIRE AT A CHURCH. THIS IS HAPPENING AT 6712 WASHINGTON AVENUE AT WHAT WE BELIEVE IS GOOD SHEPHERD FAMILY BIBLE CHURCH. NO WORD ON WHAT STARTED THE FIRE BUT WE CONTINUE TO WATCH THESE FLAMES AS THIS CHURCH IS FULLY ENGULFED AND WE SEE FIREFIGHTERS DOUSING WATER ON IT. PHILLIP: EARLIER THIS MORNING, YOUR NARROWS HAD ANOTHER FIRE THAT WE WERE VERY CAUTIOUSLY FIREFIGHTERS GOT A HANDLE ON THAT AND MADE SOME GOOD PROGRESS. THERE’S GOT TO BE A MEASURE OF EXHAUSTION FOR FIREFIGHTERS. IT’S NOT JUST FIREFIGHTS THEY ARE HAVING TO HANDLE. THEY STILL HAVE WHAT I WOULD CONSIDER THEIR REGULAR WORKLOAD WHICH IS MEDICAL CALLS. YOU SEE THEY ARE GETTING A HANDLE ON THIS AS MUCH AS THEY CAN. IT DOES NOT APPEAR THAT IT’S A HEAVY WIND SITUATION THEY ARE GOING TO WORK ON. THIS IS A STRUCTURE FIRE IN WHITTIER COMPLETELY SEPARATE OF THE OTHER FIRES WE ARE GOING TO WATCH. LESLIE: HAVE A HESENCE. THEY ARE DOUSING THOSE FLAMES. A LOT OF SMOKE IN THAT AREA AND THIS IS A PRETTY LARGE CHURCH. ADDER THAT CAN JUST POINT STRAIGHT DOWN AND DROWN THE FIRE. THEY HAVE A NUMBER OF COMPANIES ON THIS AND THEY ARE PUTTING A LOT OF WATER ON THIS FIRE. JUST TRYING TO GET IT OUT AS QUICKLY AS THE YOU CAN SEE THE SMOKE IN THE DIRECTION OF THE SMOKE AGAIN. FIRE DANGER IS HIGH. THERE ARE WINDS AND WIND GUSTS THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

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