6-alarm fire significantly damages Dallas church

Dallas Fire Rescue was able to spare the main sanctuary at the Saintsville Church of God from major damage after a massive fire erupted Tuesday afternoon. Dallas Fire Rescue responded to the Saintsville Church of God at 2200 Marsalis at 1:54 p.m. after reports of a fire.

The first arriving crews found smoke emanating from vents and eaves of the structure. Immediate fire suppression efforts were initiated. The incident quickly escalated to a third alarm at 2:34 pm and fire crews began defensive fire attack tactics.

Air 1 was deployed to assist with monitoring the scene.

South Marsalis between Eastwood and Illinois was shut down for several hours to support fireground operations.

By the time 5 alarms were called, the fire was largely under control with defensive tactics continuing including 6 ladder pipes in the air fighting the fire with a focus on protecting the main sanctuary. Eventually, 6 alarms were called to bring in more manpower due to the extreme heat.

Fire crews able to extinguish the fire. More than 30 apparatus responded along with close to 150 firefighters. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Thanks to Smash the Topic for the scene photo.