Fire burns Sikh temple in Vancouver, Wash.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A fire early Friday destroyed a former athletic club being converted into a Sikh temple in east Vancouver.

Deputy Fire Marshal Chad Lawry told KOIN two construction workers were sleeping inside the building when the fire broke out after 2 a.m. They got out safely.

Neighbors reported hearing several loud explosions during the fire, and Lawry says a natural gas line may have fueled the flames.

Lawry says there’s no indication of a crime, but because the building is owned by a religious organization the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is helping investigate the cause.

County records show the building is owned by the Guru Ram Dass Sikh Community and was valued at more than $231,000.

The Landover Athletic Club went out of business in 2007.

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