DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(1082020)-ABANDONED CHURCH STRUCTURE FIRE INVESTIGATION

ODESSA, TEXAS/JANUARY 8, 2020-ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 7TH AT APPROXIMATELY 1:30PM ODESSA FIRE RESCUE AND FIRE INVESTIGATORS RESPONDED TO A STRUCTION FIRE AT 801 PRAIRIE IN SOUTH CENTRAL ODESSA THE CHURCH STRUCTURE KNOWN AS BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH HAS BEEN THIS PART OF THE ODESSA SOUTHSIDE COMMUNITY FOR DECADES. THE CHURCH WAS ABANDONED AND UNSECURED. (CHRISTINE SALAZAR, RESIDENT NEAR CHURCH) “I’VE SEEN SOME PEOPLE HOLD SERVICE THERE. THEY USED TO ON SUNDAYS, BUT IT’S BEEN AWHILE. IT’S BEEN, I WOULD SAY AT LEAST A YEAR. THEN I’VE SEEN SOME OTHERS COME OUT AND CLEAN IT UP, AND DO SOME PAINTING ON THE POST AND MOUNT SOME OF THOSE SIGNS, BUT I HADN’T SEEN IT WITHIN THE YEAR” THE FIRE WAS RULED AN ARSON. THERE ARE NO WITNESSES, OR SUSPECTS. THE ATF HAS BEEN NOTIFIED, DUE TO THE BUILDING BEING IDENTIFIED AS A CHURCH. THE STURCTURE DID SUSTAIN FIRE DAMAGE, BUT WAS NOT A TOTAL LOSS. THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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Author: Danny Barrera