The Duncan Banner

February 18, 2013

Foursquare Church burns; blaze threatened nearby homes

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Duncan firefighters will remain on the scene at Fifth and Pine overnight as they watch for hot spots after spending Monday battling a fire that destroyed the Foursquare Gospel Church and threatened neighboring homes.

Attacking the fire meant bringing in firefighters who were on their days off and bringing in numerous fire departments from throughout Stephens County.

The building was a total loss, Duncan Deputy Fire Chief Dayton Burnside said.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but the building was completely involved by the time the firefighters arrived. It did not appear that anybody was inside the structure. Burnside said the fire is under investigation, which is being led by the state fire marshal and Detective John Byers of the Duncan Police Department.

Burnside said firefighters will remain on the scene throughout Monday night into the morning to watch for hot spots. He said firefighters would rotate every three hours.

“It will probably smolder for a few days,” Burnside said.

See the complete story in Tuesday's printed edition.