Congregation devastated after Springhill Baptist Church burns down

The Shreveport Fire Department battled flames Wednesday morning that destroyed Springhill Baptist Church
Published: Oct. 12, 2022 at 4:21 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2022 at 5:45 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The Shreveport Fire Department battled flames Wednesday morning that completely destroyed Springhill Baptist Church.

At 12:13 a.m. on Oct. 12, SFD received a dispatch call sending them to a fire emergency on Willie Mays Street. When they arrived, they found the church was fully engulfed in flames.

The battle took almost an hour to get under control, with the church considered a total loss.

Emotions are running high for church members who say they’re heart broken by the incident. The pastor and first lady of the church say they’re still in disbelief.

“I tell you I was just devastated, just devastated. And you know, I couldn’t believe it was true,” said Pastor Roger L. Stinson.

Church members and community members alike came to see the aftermath of the fire, some looking to see if any valuables made it through.

The congregation says they’re still hopeful for the future and the new beginning. Officials say they plan to rebuild with help from the community.

There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.