Preliminary findings released on church fire

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LONGVIEW, TX (Longview Fire Marshall) - Investigators with the Longview Fire Marshall's Office have released preliminary findings regarding  the St. Marks Missionary Baptist Church fire that occurred at 1305 Oden Street on May 21, 2010.

Investigators found no signs of theft or vandalism. The fire appeared to have started in the southwest corner of the church in a vacant, unoccupied portion of the building that is attached to the main building by a covered breezeway. From evidence gathered during the investigation, it appeared the church had been entered unlawfully and was being used for habitation, possibly by transients.

The fire remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Longview Fire Department.

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