Church near Rosharon destroyed by massive fire

Author: Andy Cerota, Anchor/Reporter, acerota@kprc.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 11:29:40 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 22 2013 07:07:33 PM CDT
ROSHARON, Texas -

Half dozen fire departments were called into action to battle a massive church fire near Rosharon.

Officials said the fire at Houston Tamil Church started around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.

It took firefighters nearly two hours to get the blaze under control, but officials said the church appears to be a total loss.

"It's really sad for us. We are a very small group of families coming to this church. We have no other hope but to trust in the Lord that he will provide another option," said Pastor Duraimony Dickson. "God will restore everything. It is our hope."

The Brazoria County Sheriff's Office said the initial call came in as a trash fire.

Pearland Fire Department's fire chief told Local 2 the fire may have started in a shed next to the church.

Firefighters had trouble fighting the flames because there were no hydrants in the area. Water had to be brought in by trucks.

No injuries were reported and no one was inside the church at the time the fire started.

Neighbors reported seeing thick clouds of smoke and flames as tall as some of the trees.

"I was a little afraid for my kids because I didn't know what was burning. I didn't know if I needed to get them inside or get out of here because the wind was blowing pretty bad," said neighbor Brandy Bratt.

Along with the Pearland Fire Department, fire crews with Alvin, Rosharon, Iowa Colony, Missouri City and League City fire departments assisted with putting out the flames.

Twenty-five families from across the Houston area belong to the Protestant church. The church’s name, Tamil, come from a group of people and a language spoken in southern India and Sri Lanka.