2018-05-17 02:23:31 UTC
Jeanette Dudley, the associate pastor of God's Power Church of
Christ in Macon, Georgia, got a call a little after 5 a.m. on
Wednesday, she told a local TV news station. Her tiny church of
about a dozen members had been burned, probably beyond repair.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Tobacco got called in,
which has been the standard procedure for church fires since the
late 1960s. Investigators say theyve ruled out possible causes
like an electrical malfunction; most likely, this was arson.
The very same night, many miles away in North Carolina, another
church burned: Briar Creek Road Baptist Church, which was set on
fire some time around 1 a.m. Investigators have ruled it an act
of arson, the AP reports; according to The Charlotte Observer,
they havent yet determined whether it might be a hate crime.