Fire destroys Southside church

Fire destroys Southside church

SOUTHSIDE, AR (KAIT) - An early-morning fire Monday destroyed a church in Independence County.

According to the church's pastor, Southside United Methodist Church is a total loss. The only thing left standing was the church's brick walls.

Brother Roger Hook said the fire started around 10:30 Sunday night, but no one discovered it until the church was engulfed in flames.

Brother Hook said fire departments worked the scene until about 4 a.m. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated and no injuries were reported.

Brother Hook said Southside High School will open its media center Sunday so his parishioners can have their regular service at 9:30 a.m.

He said plans are already beginning to take shape to rebuild on the same property. 

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