Fire Causes $450,000 in Damage to Buddhist Temple in Garden Grove

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GARDEN GROVE (CNS) – Firefighters extinguished a two-alarm fire in a Buddhist temple in Garden Grove this morning, but not before the blaze caused nearly a half-million dollars in damage.

Firefighters responded about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday to the 12200 block of Magnolia Street and found flames coming from the Chua Viet Nam temple, according to Capt. Thahn Nguyen of the Garden Grove Fire Department.

A fire captain at the scene told NBC4 the fire appeared to be accidental.

A religious leader who was asleep inside a garage converted to a living area was alerted to the fire by a neighbor, NBC4 reported.

“The neighbor came and knocked on the door and they said `fire,’ and when she (the religious leader) woke up, the fire was inside,” Mike Nguyen, a temple member, told NBC4.

It took 32 firefighters 32 minutes to get the fire under control, Nguyen said.

Damage was estimated at $450,000.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was under investigation.

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