Shreveport church deals with aftermath of lightning strike, fire


SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — A nearly century-old church in Shreveport is dealing with the aftermath of a lightning strike that caused a fire and major damage to the building Wednesday evening.

Pastor Steve Lesher of Kings Highway Christian Church says the lightning hit the steeple of the main sanctuary and destroyed the roof, support beams, and the balcony.

Services at the 98-year-old church will be temporarily moved to the Family Life Center. There is no word yet on the cost of the damage or when repairs will be made.

The Shreveport Fire Department received a dispatch around 5:20 p.m. about a fire in the 800 block of Kings Hwy.

A man at the scene told KTAL/KMSS crews that he reported the fire to authorities, and he saw the lightning bolt strike the cross at the very top of the church. No injuries were reported.

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