An east side church was destroyed by a spectacular two alarm fire which sent waves of smoke pouring into nearby neighborhoods, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.
The fire broke out shortly before 4AM at the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church near North Hackberry and Burnet.
By the time firefighters arrived, flames were shooting out of an attached building and had spread to the church.
Firefighters 'went defensive' as it became clear that the church could not be saved. About a half hour after firefighters arrived on the scene, the roof of the church collapsed.
Nobody was hurt. Arson investigators are looking into the cause.