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Church blaze hurts 4 firefighters

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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:21 am, Thu Feb 27, 2014.

An early-morning fire on Monday injured four New York City firefighters and destroyed a South Ozone Park church.

The fire at the Deliverance Tabernacle Church on Sutter Avenue broke out in the basement just after 3 a.m. according to a statement issued by the FDNY.

More than 100 firefighters were summoned to battle the blaze, which was brought under control at 4:35 a.m.

The FDNY stated that four firefighters sustained nonlife-threatening injuries.

Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office have ruled the incident to have been an accident, saying it was caused by electrical wiring located in an area of the church basement near the building’s boiler.

An FDNY spokesman said fire units arriving on the scene did encounter frozen fire hydrants “as they have throughout the winter.”

The department said that is not an uncommon occurrence during periods of extended cold weather.

Published reports said the congregation intends to rebuild.

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