Fire razes Dos Palos church building

An abandoned Dos Palos building, "The Full Gospel Non Denominational Holiness Church," was destroyed by fire Tuesday night, Cal Fire firefighters reported.

The fire had already engulfed three-quarters of the 1,500-square-foot church in the 8800 block of West Blossom Street when firefighters arrived around 9 p.m., said Engineer Mario Rivera, Cal Fire spokesman.

No one was injured and no other buildings were damaged. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, firefighters said.

A total of 19 firefighters, five engines, three water tenders, one prevention officer and one chief officer responded to the call.

A Merced County sheriff unit assisted firefighters with traffic control.

-- Victor A. Patton