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ETX church over a hundred years old destroyed in fire

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TROUP, TX (KLTV) -

An East Texas church has been destroyed after an early morning fire.

On Friday, crews from throughout Smith County responded to the blaze at Mount Rose Baptist church in Troup.

"We just had our 105th anniversary," says Elizabeth Pierce, the pastor’s mother. "We all are sad because of this."

With Mount Rose being over 100 years old, it was the only church home that many of the members knew.

"This is the original church,” says Travis Lydia a Deacon. “I'm 72 years old so I've been here all of my life at this church."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but crews on scene say the fire started in the back of the building, and quickly spread, taking them close to an hour to put it out.

However, not all was destroyed, Mount Rose was in the process of relocating, to a new sanctuary just next door.

"Our main concern was trying to save the new building that they got here,” says Tim Mager, Troup’s Fire Chief. “We did a fantastic job on that."

Pierce says there is still work to be done on the inside of the new building and that thankfully they do have insurance to cover the damage done to the original building.

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