UPDATE: Church fire causes over $100K in damages

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.: Firefighters are investigating a Thursday morning blaze that caused more than $100,000 in damages to the New Jerusalem Baptist Church at the corner of Borton Street and Amber Lane.

According to Assistant Fire Marshal Edward Mawson, 15 units and 40 fire personnel were called to the scene about 8:45 a.m.

Mawson said it took about an hour to get the fire under control, and one firefighter was injured during the incident.

The fire caused about $100,000 in damages to the structure and $5,000 in damages to contents.

Stick with Texoma’s Homepage as we learn more about the investigation.

Firefighters have contained the blaze and are working to ensure all potential hotspots are extinguished as well.

According to the assistant chief of the Wichita Falls Fire Department, Donald Hughes, firefighters were unable to get into the building when they arrived on the scene due to heavy flames.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries, according to authorities.

“We tried to make entry, [but] our guys couldn’t make it very far inside. Large amount of fire in the main part of the building,” Hughes said. “We pretty much went into a defensive posture then, just making sure to keep our guys safe and eventually we were able to put the fire out.”

WFFD was able to get the fire under control in 30 to 40 minutes.

The building was the original home of New Jerusalem Baptist Church. It is located on the corner of Borton Street and Amber Lane and was originally constructed in the 1980s.

About 25 years later, New Jerusalem Baptist Church built its current building next door on Borton Street.

According to congregation members, the building is an annex of New Jerusalem Baptist Church

Angus Thomson, the pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church, said the building is used for community outreach programs, including food and supply distribution, air conditioning and fan distribution, and a way to meet several other community needs.

The extent of the damage to the building and the contents inside is unknown at this time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Stick with Texoma’s Homepage as this story develops.

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Wichita Falls firefighters are working to extinguish a fire at a local church.

Dispatch responded to a call regarding a structure fire at church in the 1400 block of Borton Street at 8:48 a.m. Thursday morning.

WFFD is still on the scene, working to put out the fire.

No information has been released, and the cause of the fire and extent of the damage are unknown at this time.

We have a crew on the scene.

Stick with Texoma’s Homepage for the latest information.

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