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HANLEY HILLS, MO (KTVI)- One man is hospitalized after an intense fire overnight at a Hanley Hills church in north county. Authorities say the 32-year-old man was rushed from the church to a hospital in critical condition. So far a cause for the fire is still under investigation.

It all happened at the Mount Beulah Missionary Baptist Church on Racine just off Page. The Bomb and Arson investigators were called in because it is a church fire and a person was found injured inside the building.

Firefighters received the call Wednesday night about 10:25 p.m. after a passerby saw the fire and called it in. When the first crews arrived, smoke and flames were pouring out of the second floor office area of the church. That is where investigators think the fire started. It`s also where the worst damage occurred.

A second alarm was called right away.

Jim Ebert, the deputy chief of the Mid-County Fire Protection District, tells us as crews were searching the church building they found a man inside. Ebert says the man was discovered unconscious on the second floor in a hallway but in a different part of the building from where the fire started.

The man was suffering from smoke inhalation but was alive when he was taken to a hospital.

Church leaders say the Mount Beulah Christian Academy Pre-School at the church is closed today because of the fire. There is also smoke damage to the actual sanctuary.

Investigators say nothing immediately suspicious was found at the scene.

No firefighters were hurt.