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Fire guts church in western Michigan; no injuries reported


WEST OLIVE, Mich. (AP) - A fire has gutted a church in western Michigan, collapsing the steeple as well as most of the roof of the building.

No injuries were reported during the Friday morning fire at Faith United Reformed Church near West Olive in Ottawa County.

The Holland Sentinel reports multiple departments were on the scene and traffic in the area was blocked off as crews responded.

The Grand Rapids Press says Pastor Matthew Nuiver saw the fire from the church's parking lot and reported the steeple was on fire.

The church has a congregation of about 300 people.

Nuiver says there's been "an overflow of really awesome people who have offered sanctuary space to us, gym spaces to us."

There was no immediate word about a possible cause of the fire.

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