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Burning down the church Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Fire inspectors from Portland Fire and Rescue and the Bureau of Police monitor the demolition of the Morning Star Baptist Church building in NE Portland on Feb. 7, 2007. An explosion just before midnight on Feb. 5 set the whole building alight. Federal and state agencies also sent investigation teams to the site. The walls were too unstable for inspectors to venture inside the remains of the building yesterday.

The building, which originally housed a Lutheran Church, was 88 years old.