Livermore: Man injured in 2-alarm church fire

LIVERMORE — A man was injured in a two-alarm blaze Monday night at Vineyard Christian Fellowship, a fire official said. 

The fire was reported around 8:13 p.m. at the church located at 460 North Livermore Ave., said Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Deputy Cheiief Jose Testa.

The blaze started in a church building surrounded by Montessori school classrooms, a kitchen, dining room and storage rooms. Two men were working in the kitchen when they noticed the fire.

A man was injured while trying to save the church from the fire with a fire extinguisher, Testa said. He was transported to the hospital in stable condition for burns and smoke inhalation. The second man evacuated in time to escape the flames.

Six fire engines, two trucks, two battalion chiefs and an ambulance responded to the church fire. Alameda County firefighters also assisted. The blaze was brought under control around 8:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The point of origin has not been determined, but Testa said the fire may have started in the dining room or a storage room. A cost estimate for the damages was not readily available late Monday.

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