‘Tragic for this community:’ Hudson church total loss after fire

Hudson church fire
Hudson church fire(KTRE)
Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 8:34 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2022 at 11:23 PM CDT

HUDSON, Texas (KTRE) - A church has burned to the ground on Wednesday evening in Angelina County.

Triumphant Life Church, located at 2508 Bethlehem Rd. in the Hudson area, caught fire Wednesday. Hudson firefighters were called out to battle the fire at around 7 p.m.

According to Hudson VFD Chief Jeff Burns, they were first notified about smoke in the attic space of the church. There was not enough manpower at first, so it was defensive as they called in other departments to assist. Assisting Hudson firefighters are Central, Moffett, Diboll and Rivercrest fire departments. Departments had a constant flow of trucks moving water from a hydrant about a half mile down the road to the site for the ladder truck. Fires in rural areas like this can cause strains on the departments.

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“[Main issue is] keeping the water supply, Burns said. “The heat is extremely brutal and low man power because of a lack of volunteer fire fighters that everyone in the county has. We are having to call more and more departments to get the manpower to safely extinguish fire. >

The building appears to be a complete loss, Chief Burns said. Fire Marshal Joe Burton has been called in to investigate the cause of the fire.

“The loss of this building is going to be tragic,” Burns said. “Extremely tragic for the community, the people that go here. We are upset that we could not do more based on the situation when we got here. "

The church is located in the Hudson community.
The church is located in the Hudson community.(KTRE/Caleb Beames)

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