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Mormon church in southern Nevada destroyed by fire


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LOGANDALE, Nev. (AP) -- A fire official says federal investigators are joining the probe of a pre-dawn blaze that destroyed a Mormon church in a small Nevada farming town northeast of Las Vegas.

Clark County fire spokesman Scott Allison says there's no immediate indication of foul play in the 4 a.m. fire that engulfed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sanctuary in Logandale.

But he says the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating because it's a church fire.

Allison says firefighters from Clark County, North Las Vegas and Mesquite were able to save an office building and church records, but the sanctuary was a total loss.

No injuries are reported.

Allison says the church is the first and oldest Mormon congregation in the Moapa Valley town about 55 miles from Las Vegas.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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