State Fire Marshall deputies investigate Vivian church fire

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(KTAL/KMSS) Sunday services were canceled this morning at a Vivian church after an early-morning fire.

Firefighters from Caddo Fire District 8 in Vivian responded to reports of a fire at the Vivian United Pentecostal Church at 900 South Pecan Street at around 7:45 a.m. today.

According to early reports, the fire was in apartment at the church. There was someone sleeping inside, police said, but was able to get out safely. 

The fire was extinguished, and a deputy from the Louisiana State Fire Marshall’s Office is on the scene investigating the cause of the fire.

SFM deputies have been busy across the state this morning. 

They’re in Jonesboro, investigating a house fire in the 400 block of Mitchell street., that Jonesboro Firefighters responded to around 5:30 this morning. An elderly couple who were inside escaped unharmed, but firefighters discovered the couple’s pet dog didn’t make it out.

Others are in Houma, investigating a fatal fire the Houma Fire district responded to just after 2:30 a.m. today.

The Houma Fire District responded to reports of a fire in the 200 block of Mahler Street just after 2:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found a residential structure and nearby garage apartment on fire, along with a vehicle parked between the two structures.  

Firefighters discovered one male victim who was deceased. 

The State Fire Marshall’s office said all the investigations are in the early stages and more information will be released as it becomes available. 

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