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Sioux Falls church fire forces evacuation of day care

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A church fire in Sioux Falls forced the evacuation of a day care.

Fire officials say workers using heat guns as they prepared to paint a classroom started the fire on the fourth floor of First Baptist Church about midday Monday. Damage was limited to the top floor. A damage estimate was not immediately available.

Fire Rescue Division Chief Jeff Helm says no one was hurt. Church ministry coordinator Scott Aseltine says about 20 children were in the day care. The church also houses a preschool but Aseltine says it was between sessions because it was the lunch hour.

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