Black church fire is ruled ar­son

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

Author­i­ties say a fire that dam­aged a pre­dom­i­nantly black church in Ma­con, Ga., has been ruled ar­son.

The f ire was re­ported at God’s Power of Church of Christ early Tues­day. Ma­con- Bibb County Fire Sgt. Ben Gleaton told lo­cal news out­lets that in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined the f ire was in­ten­tion­ally set, but he didn’t pro­vide de­tails on what led to that con­clu­sion.

Gleaton says there’s no ev­i­dence in­di­cat­ing the f ire was a hate crime.

Author­i­ties have said elec­tron­ics and other equip­ment had also been stolen in two bur­glar­ies.

Fire­fight­ers in Char­lotte, N. C., have said a blaze at a black church Wed­nes­day was also in­ten­tion­ally set.

The f ires come about a week af­ter nine church­go­ers were fa­tally shot at a black church in Charleston, S. C. An avowed white su­prem­a­cist is charged with the slay­ings.

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