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Officials: Discarded fireworks may have started church blaze

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Posted at 12:53 PM, Jan 11, 2022

LEESVILLE, La. - Louisiana authorities say carelessly discarded New Year's fireworks may have started a blaze that destroyed much of a church.

The state fire marshal's office says it hasn't determined a definite cause of the fire at Christian Living Fellowship in Leesville. But it says investigators found remnants of fireworks in the area where the fire started between the church and a shed.

Pastor Bobby Ganaway tells The American Press that he received an alert of possible trespassers just after 1 a.m. on Jan. 1 but nobody was there when security volunteers arrived.

Fire was spreading from the shed to the church when firefighters responded to an alarm about 2:30 a.m.

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