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Lakeside Apostolic Church was destroyed by a fire on Saturday afternoon. CHRIS EDWARDS | TCBLakeside Apostolic Church was destroyed by a fire on Saturday afternoon. CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB

By Chris Edwards
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DAM B – A weekend fire destroyed Lakeside Apostolic Church in Town Bluff. The cause of the fire is officially undetermined at present.

According to reports, the fire broke out on Saturday afternoon at the church, which is located on Highway 92, east of Dam B.

According to Lakeside Apostolic pastor Harold Davies, there was speculation that the fire might have begun in the kitchen area of the church, as a new major appliance had recently been installed.

While the cause is unknown at this time, a fire marshal will be investigating the scene, according to Dam B Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Holcomb.

Initially, firefighters with the Dam B VFD responded to the alarm which went out around 1 p.m., but soon after, requested additional assistance from other fire departments in the area.

Firefighters and emergency personnel from Spurger; Woodville; Beech Grove and Tri-Community responded to assist with the efforts.

The church building is a complete loss, after firefighters fought to control the blaze for more than two hours. Holcomb said that while the damage sustained to the building in the fire made it a total loss, there were, thankfully, no injuries.

Holcomb added that in addition to several fire departments showing up to assist, community members also volunteered with tasks such as handing out water bottles to the firefighters.

The church’s auxiliary building was not affected by the fire, and there were no injuries reported. Lakeside Apostolic Church is known around the region for its food distribution ministry.

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