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Fire breaks out during Sunday school at Spartanburg church

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The fire-damaged church on Everett Street in Spartanburg. (Sept. 8, 2013/FOX Carolina) The fire-damaged church on Everett Street in Spartanburg. (Sept. 8, 2013/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Members of a small Spartanburg church were able to escape a blaze after a fire started during their Sunday school service, according to the pastor.

The pastor of The Temple Baptist Church told FOX Carolina that they were holding Sunday school when the lights began to flicker.

They went to the back of the church and found flames, so they evacuated everyone out the church - about 20 to 30 people - and called the fire department, the pastor said.

Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Bagwell with Roebuck Fire said they were called to the Everett Street church about 10:20 a.m. Sunday.

When firefighters arrived, there was heavy fire showing on the left side of the building and out of the door, Bagwell said.

He said they were able to get the fire out quickly and contain it to the back of the church, which received substantial damage, but the damage is not considered a total loss.

Bagwell said that because the fire happened at the back of the building where the main doors are, that if the fire had been any bigger, it would have blocked the escape, so it could have been much worse.

Firefighters do not know what caused the fire but are investigating it.

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