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December 6th, 2011
04:40 PM ET

Blaze destroys Buddhist temple

(CNN) - A raging fire destroyed a Buddhist temple in a Denver suburb on Monday, CNN affiliate KCNC reports.

One monk was injured in the blaze.

KCNC reported that firefighters tore down walls at the Lao Buddhist Temple of Colorado in an effort to save statues of the Buddha and other religious artifacts.

“I’m glad that everybody was still alive and got out in time. That was my main concern this morning,” Temple secretary Fy Khanthathixay told KCNC. “I don’t care — the rest of it. We can rebuild later.”

The temple released a statement on their website saying, "The Lao Buddhist Temple of Colorado exists on the generosity of the small Lao community, who will now have to rally together to show that a fire will not put a strain on the community's bond and likewise, will not impact their beliefs - if anything, their bond and beliefs will be stronger."

The fire is under investigation by local and national officials since the blaze took place at a religious institution KCNC reported.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Buddhism • Colorado

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. hippypoet

    the fire took the temple back to its roots. It has returned to the earth and no proper buddhist should morn this act, but they can still learn from it.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  2. Christian

    You all forget about the religious temple that burned down. Honestly no one would give a crap if a Christian church burned.

    December 7, 2011 at 1:00 am |
    • Cor

      You're right. We'd better get to work burning down these things. Good idea. Thanks! I'll tell' em a Christian told me to do it!

      December 7, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  3. Captain Hoax

    Blame game

    Have some originality dude!

    December 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      What is wrong with Blame Game's post. What are you even referring to?

      December 6, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  4. Alfred E Neuman

    Mallows , chocolate and grahams anyone?

    December 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
    • Blame Game

      I am sure the Buddah would enjoy some treats.

      December 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • News Flash

      Instead of chanting "Ohm", I guess you should be chanting "yum". 🙂

      December 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  5. GodPot

    Who is this Blaze guy and why does he hate Buddhists?... 🙂

    December 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • fred

      Perhaps an old flame of yours?

      December 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • Blame Game

      I blame the Christian hate group, "Oh know, I just crapped my pants" They are as s holes.

      December 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  6. hATHEISTS

    Ooopppssss!!! Wrong article to bash on. (cursor pointing to article about Christians) Here you go! (Click!)

    December 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • Counselor

      There's enough hate out there, yours is not anymore needed. I suggest you must stay for a little while and I assure you that you still find what you're looking for. Atheists would never care about topics, they'll bash Christians anytime, anywhere. It's the only reason they exist.

      December 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • Blame Game

      There's enough hate out there, yours is not anymore needed. I suggest you must stay for a little while and I assure you that you still find what you're looking for. Christians would never care about topics, they'll bash Athiests anytime, anywhere. It's the only reason they exist.

      December 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Big Chris

      @Blame Game

      Have an amazing day!

      December 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      How could a day NOT be amazing? The universe is amazing? Life is amazing? You think you have to tell me to have an amazing day? I don't get it.

      December 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • Infringe Benefits

      @Blame Game.

      Go to Wallmart and sell your pirated post.

      December 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
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