Former pastor helps fight fire at church

WOODLAWN, TX (WAVE)  A former pastor and volunteer firefighter was called to fight a massive fire at his former church.  Firefighters responded to a massive fire at Woodlawn Baptist Church overnight Thursday, just north of Marshall, TX.

The building that made up the congregation's fellowship hall and Sunday school classrooms was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.  The building had been used as the sanctuary before the church built a new metal structure within the past five years. The new church sanctuary does not appear to have been damaged.

Former Woodlawn Baptist pastor Will Sherman got a call from members of the church and showed up to see if he could help.

"I came to see what I could do," Sherman says, "and when I got here my former fire chief told me to get bunkered up and get on a hose to help the guys out."  Sherman also once served as a volunteer firefighter with the Woodlawn Fire Department.

Church members say there was a fellowship supper Wednesday night in the fellowship hall. They say there is a kitchen in that building and the stove was used to cook earlier in the evening.

Arson investigators were on the scene.  Thomas Mock, Harrison County Fire Marshal, says they should be able to tell us more Thursday.  An official cause has not been determined.  No injuries have been reported. 

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