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Fire guts south-central Iowa church; no injuries reported

PLEASANTVILLE (AP) — Firefighters were still battling hot spots Monday after a fire gutted a church in south-central Iowa, officials said.

Fire crews from several departments were dispatched to the Pleasantville Christian Church in Pleasantville before 6 a.m. They battled to keep flames from reaching nearby homes and had to truck in water because the community supply was too limited, officials said. The intense heat melted siding on some of those houses.

Firefighters sprayed down water from a nozzle mounted on an aerial ladder as flames danced and heavy gray smoke billowed from the multilevel structure.

By midmorning smoke was still escaping from the building, and bricks were strewn about near the foundation and on a sidewalk. Flames were no longer visible.

No injuries have been reported. The fire cause will be investigated.