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Downtown church catches fire early Friday, pastor says roof just replaced after Hurricane Ida

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On Friday, the pastor and first lady of the Rue Austerlitz Baptist Church were devastated following an early morning fire at their church. Shortly after getting a new roof after being damaged by Hurricane Ida. Reverend Sherman Washington, pastor of Austerlitz Street Baptist Church, said: “My heart hurts. It’s part of my heart and my soul, but we’ll bounce back.” The Washingtons were moved that Sunday’s services would have to be canceled. “It happened so fast. I really can’t believe how quickly the church caught fire. Smoke and everything was coming from everywhere,” First Lady Cynthia Washington said. Cynthia said they were trying to turn on the lights when they noticed billows of smoke coming out of the shrine and then a huge ball of fire coming out of a pipe. “Smoke was coming out of the wall. He said ‘Cynthia, get out.’ And we both ran away,” she said. The couple said, thankfully, no lives were lost. Unfortunately, the fire occurs about two weeks after getting a new roof. One year after Hurricane Ida caused damage. “We just put a $100,000 roof on the building, not even two weeks ago. Now we’re facing another problem. But we’ll be fine,” Sherman said. He said the church has been in existence for 168 years and in his family for at least 70 years. So for him, it’s not about whether they’ll bounce back or not. ” It could have been worse. God is good. We’re just grateful for what he left us…And we’ll build from here,” Sherman said of an area of ​​the church that was undamaged by the fire. Stay with WDSU for updates.

On Friday, the pastor and first lady of the Rue Austerlitz Baptist Church were devastated following an early morning fire at their church.

Shortly after getting a new roof after being damaged by Hurricane Ida.

Reverend Sherman Washington, pastor of Austerlitz Street Baptist Church, said: “My heart hurts. It’s part of my heart and my soul, but we’re going to bounce back.”

The Washingtons were emotional that services this Sunday would have to be canceled.

“It happened so fast. I really can’t believe how quickly the church caught fire. Smoke and everything was coming from everywhere,” First Lady Cynthia Washington said.

Cynthia said they were trying to turn on the lights when they noticed billows of smoke coming out of the shrine and then a huge ball of fire coming out of a pipe.

“Smoke was coming out of the wall. He said ‘Cynthia, get out.’ And we both ran away,” she said.

The couple said, thankfully, no lives were lost. Unfortunately, the fire occurs about two weeks after getting a new roof. One year after Hurricane Ida caused damage.

“We just put a $100,000 roof on the building, not even two weeks ago. Now we’re facing another problem. But we’ll be fine,” Sherman said.

He said the church has been in existence for 168 years and in his family for at least 70 years. It is therefore not for him to know if they will rebound or not.

“It could have been worse. God is good. We’re just grateful for what he left us…And we’ll build from here,” Sherman said.

The Washingtons said that if Sunday services are canceled due to building damage, when the power is in, they said they will hold a service inside an area of ​​the church that does not was not damaged by the fire.

Stay with WDSU for updates.