Overnight fire destroys Paragould church

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Overnight a Paragould church was destroyed by a massive fire.

Just before midnight on Tuesday, firefighters were called to Browns Chapel Baptist Church on Greene County Road 765.

The fire spread through the entire building and shot flames several feet into the air.

No injuries are being reported from the fire. The cause of the blaze is being looked into by the church's insurance company, according to the South Greene County Fire Chief.

About 400 people attended the church.

This is the second time the church as burned down.

Kim Woodhouse has been a member of Browns Chapel Baptist church since 1985 and believes just as it did 26 years ago, It will rebuild and continue being the church its always been.

"God has bigger plans for us and that's the church are the people the congregation is the church not the building. The building can be replaced," said Woodhouse.

As smoke rose above the debris, Austin Adams reflected on the young man he's become because of the church he's grown up in.

"It's not only impacted me as a christian, I've grown in my Christianity throughout the years but also just a person it makes me strive to want to be better to other people," said Adams. "One thing we do know is that we're going to come back from this and this one little thing is not the end of our church.

There will be a prayer service tonight at the church's parking lot beginning at 6 p.m.

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