ST. LOUIS ( – A church in north St. Louis was damaged by an overnight fire.

Firefighters were called to St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in the 4400 block of Cote Brilliante in The Ville neighborhood around 1 a.m. Thursday.

No one was inside the building at the time.

The St. Louis Regional Bomb and Arson Unit was called to investigate the cause of the fire. 

Investigators strung yellow crime scene tape along the scene as they collected evidence. Pages from a bible were scattered in the rubble. 

Neighbors told News 4 this fire is another blow to a struggling neighborhood working to keep crime and vandalism down. 

"[It was] devastating when they woke me up," Tom Smith said. "I was shocked. Only thing I could be was shocked."

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