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LDS Temple in Alaska Floods

LDS Temple in Alaska Floods

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(KSL News) -- Twenty-four hours after a fire broke out at a Latter-day Saint chapel in Alaska, water flooded the nearby temple.

Officials say a six-inch water pipe burst in the basement of the Anchorage temple Friday afternoon. Water flooded up to the first floor.

Firefighters pumped thousands of gallons of water -- three to five feet deep in some areas -- out of the building. Officials expect the temple will be closed for at least a week.

Matt Novakovich, a church member in the area said, "The way we keep it clean and the way we take our shoes off when we go in, and to see it like this with firefighters going in is pretty amazing."

On Thursday, fire did extensive damage to a chapel located just a couple hundred feet away. Fire investigators say the incidents are not related.

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