First Baptist Church old parsonage in Poplar Bluff catches fire

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By Heartland News

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - According to the Poplar Bluff fire department the old parsonage of the First Baptist Church caught fire Thursday morning.

The call came in to the fire department at 6:30 a.m.

Poplar Bluff Fire Chief Ralph Stucker says flames could be seen shooting out of the roof when fire crews arrived.

Stucker said it took at thirty minutes to get the fire under control.

First Baptist Church pastor Bill Vail says no one lives in the parsonage, although the church did hold a Wednesday night bible study as well as Sunday school classes.

Vail says the church does have enough space inside the church to move those classes.

Stucker says this is the first church fire in Poplar Bluff in more than two years, and he says it wasn't easy to put out.

"Sometimes you can get one knocked out real quick. The way this one was, we were running down the roof line and the guys had trouble getting inside because of the stuff coming down on them. The roof was getting spongy and they had to get far enough away from that to try to get it stopped," Stucker said.

Stucker says the cause of the fire is still under investigation

Pastor Bill Vail says the church will be fine moving forward, and it's too early to know if they will try to replace the old parsonage.

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