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Fire destroys Brandon church building; firefighter hospitalized

A fire Thursday night destroyed a building at a Brandon church.

Firefighters responding to New Testament Church, 913 Dew Bloom Road, found the Fellowship Hall on church property fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 25 minutes, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, and the main church building was not affected.

A firefighter was hospitalized after collapsing away from the fire, officials said, and the cause appears unrelated to the flames. A parishioner who attempted to douse the flames with a garden hose suffered minor smoke-related smoke injuries.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Contact Carl Lisciandrello at clisciandrello@tampabay.com. Follow @carlmarks_Times

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