A fire that engulfed a small, predominantly black church in Charlotte was set on purpose, local officials said Wednesday. Now they are trying to determine whether the act of arson was a hate crime.
"Shock. Disbelief," co-Pastor Rhonda Kinsey told Time Warner Cable News. "You hear about it, but you never imagine you would have a fire at your church."
MACON, Ga. (AP) — A fire that damaged a predominantly black church in middle Georgia has been ruled arson, authorities say.
The fire was reported at God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon early Tuesday morning. Macon-Bibb County Fire Sgt. Ben Gleaton told local media outlets that investigators determined the fire was intentionally set but didn’t say what led to that conclusion.
KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville officials are investigating a case of arson at a predominantly African-American church. Officials say someone set fire to bales of hay outside College Hill Seventh Day Adventist, 1837 Brandau Street, and also burned the church van.
WARRENVILLE, SC (WFXG) – Massive flames tore through a Warrenville church early Friday morning.
“It happened so quick, it was just like a nightmare,” said Bobby Jones, pastor of Glover Grove Baptist Church. “That’s 33 years just gone down the drain.”
Investigate faster, please.