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CHURCH BURNS, BUT DATA MAY HAVE BEEN SPARED

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Local officials of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hope the destruction of a Nampa church by fire spared the contents of the genealogical library.

Nampa firefighters were called to the building near downtown about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Fire Chief Doug Rosin said it's believed the fire started as a construction crew used blowtorches to soften tarpaper for a roofing job.There were no injuries.

The Nampa 1st, 4th and 6th LDS wards meet in the building, a total of about 900 people. Firefighters said the building was destroyed except for a wing that contained family history records.

The rest of the building, which is insured, is considered a total loss, Rosin added. A monetary value was not known.

"There's a lot of sentimentality that's going up in smoke," Stake President Kyle Blacker said.

Library director Susan Nielsen awaited updates from fire-fighters on the status of the library.

By the time crews began mopping up, it appeared the 3,000 rolls of microfilm, seven computers and numerous books may have suffered only some smoke and water damage.