Crews were called to the 800 block of Turney Drive at around 7:30 p.m. Friday for a reported fire at the Word of Life Church.
Firefighters arrived to find no signs of fire. However, the person who reported the incident said he was locked in by an electronic door lock.
Crews made their way into the church, where they revealed a large gaming room.
Harris County sheriff's deputies were called to the scene, where they took several people out of the building in handcuffs. The sheriff's office said it was interviewing people regarding the gaming room. One person was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
HCSO deputies and HCFMO investigators responded to the World OF Life Church at 403 Turney dr. A room containing gambling machines was discovered in the back. At this point deputies are interviewing subjects detained.— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) November 24, 2018
Pastor Anthony Scott told ABC13 the church shares the building with another business. One side of the building is the Word of Life Church, and the other side is its own separate entity.
Scott said that he and his church couldn't afford the entire building, so the landlord put a wall that separates the church from the other side of the building.
He also says he has no idea who the manager of the other side is and has little to no information about the business they run.
An investigation into the game room, including its legality, is underway.
In efforts to clarify and confirm his church and their relationship with the other business, Pastor Scott posted a 15 minute video to the World of Life COGIC facebook page. In the video Pastor Scott gave a tour of the facility where there were electronically locked doors he said he never had access to.