Spokane firefighters quickly douse blaze in downtown church on Sunday

<p><p>Spokane firefighters battled a blaze on the upper floors of a downtown Spokane church on Sunday. </p></p><p><p>Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer reported shortly after the initial call that the fire was under control. </p></p><p><p>The fire started above the church’s “mechanical room,” Schaeffer said at the scene. It was unclear how much interior damage the fire caused.</p></p><p><p>A group of between five and 15 people in the church’s basement at the time of the fire were told to evacuate the building, but no injuries were reported, Schaeffer said. </p></p><p><p>The fire was reported around 12:30 p.m. at the New Community Church downtown, 518 W. Third Ave. A fire was discovered in the upper floors of the building, Schaeffer tweeted. </p></p><p><p>The church was built in 1906, according to county property records. </p></p><p><p>“This is a Spokane staple, a very historical building,” Schaeffer said.</p></p><p><p>Schaeffer said investigators would look into the cause of the fire, which was undetermined as of Sunday afternoon.</p></p>