Abandoned church catches fire near downtown Palm Springs

Palm Springs first responders are working to contain a structural fire at a previously destroyed church on the 200 block of W Baristo Road.

Palm Springs Fire Department Captain Nathan Gunkel told News Channel 3 that crews were working on a second alarm fire at the church. There are currently 10 fire engines at the scene, including assistance from CAL FIRE and the Cathedral City Fire Department.

Gunkel said that at this time, no injuries have been reported. We have a team on the way to the scene to gather more details.

The Palm Springs Police Department posted on social media asking people to avoid the area.

Fire appears to be burning at the vacant community church, which was destroyed by fire in September 2013. The building was constructed in 1930 and designated a historic landmark by the city in 1989.

Palm Springs church fire (September 2013)

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Martha J. Finley