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11/7/06-Houston, Texas

Lightning Suspected In Fire That Destroys Landmark Black Church

Lightning is the suspected cause of an overnight fire that destroyed one of Houston's oldest black churches.

No injuries were reported in the fire last night that destroyed the 60-year-old sanctuary of the Friendship Baptist Church in Houston's predominantly black Fourth Ward.

The church's walls and roof collapsed as about 150 firefighters battled the towering flames. A neighboring duplex also owned by the church also was damaged.

Pastor Floyd N. Williams the Second was one of five people in the church when they say lightning struck the rear of the church and ignited the blaze. All escaped injury.

The church was founded in 1903 as one of the original nine churches in what was then Houston's Freedmen's Town.


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