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Grambling Church engulfed in flames early Thursday morning

The China Grove Missionary Baptist Church caught on fire early Thursday morning. (Pastor Damian Wilson)
The China Grove Missionary Baptist Church caught on fire early Thursday morning. (Pastor Damian Wilson)(KNOE)
Published: Dec. 12, 2019 at 7:47 AM CST
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UPDATE: A spokesperson for the state fire marshall said investigators have narrowed the origin of the fire to the attic of an addition in the back of the church. They say there's no reason to believe suspicious activity was involved, but they can't rule out that the church's heating system had something to do with it.

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UPDATE: The state fire marshall is currently investigating the fire at the China Grove Missionary Baptist Church. A spokesperson for the state fire marshall told KNOE it's still too early to determine what caused the fire, and whether or not foul play was involved.

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The China Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Grambling was engulfed in flames early Thursday morning.

The church's pastor, Damian Wilson, says he was in shock when he saw the church on fire. He says he got a call around 2 a.m. Thursday morning, and believes the fire started shortly before then.

Pastor Wilson says the church is 125 years old and has a lot of history and memories attached to it. He says it means a lot to the members.

Wilson says firefighters initially told him they believed the fire started in the kitchen area, and then it quickly overcame the building. He says they're waiting on a call back later in the day from the State Fire Marshal's office.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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