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Firefighters save historic NYC church from flames

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January 10, 2011 10:44 PM EST | AP


NEW YORK — Firefighters have saved a historic New York City church from destruction by cutting a hole in its roof to fight the flames that erupted in its attic.

The fire broke out at the 183-year-old Church of St. James the Apostle at about noon Monday. It was brought under control about 90 minutes later.

St. James the Apostle is the second-oldest Catholic church in Manhattan. It was landmarked by the city in 1966.

A fire department spokesman says no one was injured in the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.