Four structures burned at House of Yahweh compound

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Vehicles also burned

A fire south of Clyde this afternoon burned four structures at the House of Yahweh compound.

Four structures, two recreational vehicles and two vehicles were burned, said Clyde Fire Chief Billy Dezern. Fire fighters had the fire contained about 3 p.m. but were still assessing the damage.

Many members of the House of Yahweh religious sect live in trailer homes at the compound.

– Source: Fire reported at House of Yahweh compound, Abilene Reporter-News (Texas, USA), Dec. 29, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

The House of Yahweh compound covers about 44 acres near Abilene.

The sect’s leader, self-proclaimed prophet Yisrayl Hawkins, is accused of having more than 20 wives and performing polygamous weddings.

Hawkins is scheduled to face trial next year.

– Source: Fire at House of Yahweh damages buildings, AP via the Houston Chronicle, Dec. 29, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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This post was last updated: Dec. 30, 2008