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Update: Fire destroys Franklin Parish church

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FRANKLIN PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Turkey Creek Baptist is located about halfway between Jigger and Gilbert in southern Franklin Parish. The church sanctuary was completely destroyed,  but the pastor and his family managed to escape safely from the parsonage - about twenty feet away.

"About one o'clock this [Wednesday] morning, someone started beating on my door to let me know the church was on fire.  I got my family out of there.  They'd already called 911."

Parish firefighters responded to the call, working through the early morning hours to put out the blaze and prevent it's spread to other buildings.  Surrounding fire departments from Caldwell and Tensas were called in to help. 

No one was in the church building at the time of the blaze and there were no injuries to the responders.

"Our fire fighters all managed to make it out without injuries.  We hate the building was a total loss.  We did what we could with the resources we have.  The main thing is no injuries."

Pastor Spinks, in addition to giving thanks for the blessings of the day, is looking forward to starting over.

"I'm very thankful for the men and women who worked to put out the fire.  We praise God no one was hurt.  Lord prevails, we will rebuild."

The cause of the fire is unknown, but is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal's office.

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FRANKLIN PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) An update to a story we brought you on Good Morning ArkLaMiss, fire destroyed Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Franklin Parish early Wednesday morning.

The church is located on Highway 128 in Franklin Parish. Firefighters were called to the scene at about 1:00 A.M. Wednesday. Eight surrounding fire departments were called for back up to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby houses.

Officials say there was no one in the actual church at the time of the fire. The pastor and his family were in the parsonage but were able to get out safely. 

There are no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The pastor tells KNOE 8 News he is thankful everyone is safe and his congregation will rebuild.

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