Fire ripped through a church in southeast Raleigh early Wednesday, destroying several classrooms and causing heavy damage to the sanctuary.

Firefighters responded to Gethsemane Seventh-Day Adventist Church, at 2529 Sanderford Road, at about 3 a.m. after receiving a call from a passing driver.

About 50 firefighters responded to the scene, and two of them were taken to local hospitals. One firefighter was experiencing chest pains, and the other was hurt in a fall. Their names and conditions have not been released.

About 80 percent of the building was severely damaged by fire and water, investigators said. Captain P. Gaster said soldering pipes were responsible for the accidental fire.