- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - A Buddhist priest has died in a fire that destroyed a Fort Smith temple.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1DTkSJW ) reports that 68-year-old Souphonh Inthalanqsinh (soo-PAHN’ in-thah-LAHK’-shin) died in the fire that destroyed the Wat Lao Buddharam (waht low bood-hah-RAHM’) temple around midnight Thursday.

According to Fire Marshall Ronnie Rogers, the priest was found on the floor of a bedroom.

The temple’s spokesman said that the priest had been assigned to the temple since it was built in the early 1990s.

Rogers says that a passer-by saw the flames and called the fire department.

The temple was engulfed when firefighters arrived on the scene.The fire is currently being investigated by the Fort Smith Fire Department.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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