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Unification Church Building Damaged by Fire on Sheridan Road

By  Benjamin Woodard and Emily Morris | October 31, 2013 11:19am 

 Two church members who were inside the building when the fire broke out said there were no injuries.
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ROGERS PARK — A Sheridan Road mansion owned by the Unification Church of Chicago was damaged in a fire Thursday morning.

Two church members who were inside the building, at 7450 N. Sheridan Road, said no one was injured when the fire started in a third-floor bedroom.

Six fire engines and other emergency personnel blocked traffic about 9:45 a.m. on Sheridan Road between Birchwood and Jarvis avenues. The fire was extinguished shortly after.

"My heater sparked from the outlet," said Nick Naka, 23, who was in his bedroom when he saw the fire spread from the wall to his mattress.

Naka said he ran to get help from building manager and Unification Church leader Kunihiro Sagisaka, 46, who was downstairs.