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Burned Bogalusa church not seeking donations

Last Modified: Monday, December 24, 2012 3:48 PM

BOGALUSA (AP) — The pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, which was totally destroyed by fire more than a week ago, says the congregation is not currently seeking donations.

The Rev. Christopher Matthews said requests circulating around Bogalusa are not official and may be scams. He tells The Daily News there are no plans at this time to rebuild. Once a course of action is decided, he says it will be made public.

Bethlehem Baptist is the oldest African-American church in Bogalusa. In 1958, the congregation moved into the E. Seventh Street church building, which burned in the early hours of Dec. 16.

The cause is still under investigation. The Louisiana fire marshal’s office has said there was no early indication of foul play.

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