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Christian center burns on Easter Sunday

Authorities are still not sure what caused a large fire that destroyed around 50 buildings at a 146-year-old Christian center in New Hampshire on Easter Sunday.

The number of buildings destroyed at the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center on Lake Winnipesaukee was not the same among news outlets. The Associated Press published 52 buildings were burned to the ground while a more thorough report by the New York Times listed 40.

No civilians were injured in the massive fire although the New York Times listed one firefighter was injured when a propane tank exploded. An unpublished number of firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and exhaustion.

According to the Associated Press, “The center's Web site says its purpose is to change lives by ‘encouraging commitment to Jesus Christ and offering opportunities to mature in one's Christian life style.’ It says it tries to accomplish this through evangelism, encouragement of believers and equipping Christians to be effective leaders.”

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, according to both outlets.