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Nearly 100-year-old church in Shreveport picking up the pieces after fire caused by lightning strike

The Kings Highway Christian Church, which is almost 100 years old, was damaged Aug. 19, 2021...
The Kings Highway Christian Church, which is almost 100 years old, was damaged Aug. 19, 2021 after lightning reportedly struck the building, causing a fire.(KSLA)
Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 12:17 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - A historic church in Shreveport caught fire Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 18) after lightning hit the Tree of Life finial atop the building.

KSLA News 12′s Kenley Hargett spoke with the church’s senior minister, the Rev. Steve Lesher, who says the lightning strike left structural damage to the sanctuary’s roof and one of its beams. He says it will take months to repair but, thankfully, no other part of the church was damaged.

“The fire damaged the roof and some of the beams, which we will work to keep as much of the original architecture as we can,” Lesher said.

The 98-year-old church has a lot of history in Shreveport.

“Sometimes God reminds us that that the people make the church, not the building,” Pastor Lesher says.

Crews continue cleaning up debris and soot throughout the sanctuary. They expect repairs to take months.

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Soot is everywhere inside the church, and they will be unable to have services until the roof is fixed and the interior is cleaned. Lesher says he plans to hold Sunday service in the Family Life Center, another part of the building, until further notice.

The church is still going ahead with its vaccine drive from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. Anyone who gets a vaccine will receive a free meal.

The Kings Highway Christian Church, which is almost 100 years old, was damaged Aug. 19, 2021...
The Kings Highway Christian Church, which is almost 100 years old, was damaged Aug. 19, 2021 after lightning reportedly struck the building, causing a fire.(KSLA)

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