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Photos: Five-alarm fire at South Boston church

A large fire broke out at a church in South Boston early Wednesday morning.

A large fire broke out Wednesday morning at a church in South Boston.

Fire crews responded to 410 West Broadway, which is the home of St. John the Baptist Church, just after 9 a.m., according to the Boston Fire Department. St. John's is an Albanian Orthodox church.

The fire went up to five alarms, with heavy fire in the rear of the building. The blaze appeared to be centered in the rectory, which was connected to the rear of the church.

Fire officials estimated that the blaze caused $1 million in damage to the church. A cause was not immediately clear.

Six firefighters suffered injuries including smoke inhalation and neck pain. Two were burned and two others suffered cuts.

All firefighters were ordered out of the building at one point. Because of the intensity of the fire, crews were only able to battle it from the outside.

The fire department reported that at least part of the interior ceiling had collapsed.

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