Leesville church fire still under investigation

Leesville, LA (KPLC) – A fire that destroyed a Leesville church on New Years Day remains under investigation by the state fire marshal.

From the outside, Christian Living Fellowship appears to be in pristine condition, but the interior of the building was left unsalvageable by a fire that engulfed the building early that morning.

“The word I got was that the shed was on fire. But when I pulled over, I realized there were five different fire truck departments,” says Pastor Bobby Ganaway.

What once constituted the place of worship is left as charred objects, debris and soot.

“I was always thinking, well, we’ll have to clean up and fix a few things and more forward,” Pastor Ganaway said. “The more I looked at it, the more I looked at it, the more our adjusters, our specialists and our consultants came here, they said something totally different.”

Pastor Ganaway says he received a phone call hours before the fire about fireworks coming from church property. He explained that the church no longer engages in fireworks due to the heavy presence of veterans in the community.

Deputies determined that the fire started outside the church where several trash cans were located. Remnants of fireworks were also found at the scene.

“All of a sudden it took off like a whirlwind,” Pastor Ganaway told us. “It got into the foam, and once it got into the foam, the resulting heat was like lava. He just traveled back and forth and destroyed everything in sight.

For now, the church is congregating at the Leesville Fairgrounds. It is an outpouring of love and support from the community and other churches that Pastor Ganaway says they are blessed to have and that helps them make the best of the situation.

“I would be lying if I told you it wasn’t overwhelming because it is. It’s very overwhelming, but the best thing I have is the peace that God promises.

Christian Living Fellowship hopes to start rebuilding as soon as possible.

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