State Fire Marshal: Third Baptist church destroyed in St. Landry Parish

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UPDATE:

Authorities will hold a press conference concerning this string of church fires this afternoon at 2 p.m. and News 10 will be streaming it live

ORIGINAL:

Firefighters with Fire District #3 are currently working the scene of a church fire in Opelousas.

Officials have confirmed that the fire is located at Mount Pleasant Church in the 3900 block of LA Highway 182. St. Landry Fire District #3 contacted the State Fire Marshal’s Office at about 3:45 a.m. this morning. 

This is the third church fire being investigated in St. Landry Parish in the past 10 days.

 State Fire Marshal’s Office is also investigating a fourth church fire in Caddo Parish.

UPDATE: 7:26am:

News 10’s Lora Lavigne reports that Louisiana State police currently have the road blocked off nearby the church’s location. Anyone heading that direction must be aware. Pastor of Mount Pleasant, Gerald Toussaint speaks on this morning’s fire saying “All I know is that the church is completley gone…Only the front of the church is standing”.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available. 

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