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Investigators Rule Greenville Church Fires As Arson

Posted January 19, 2007

— Investigators now believe two church fires in Greenville were arson.

Police say someone intentionally set a fire that destroyed The Memorial Baptist Church on Jan. 13. The damage is estimated to be $1 million.

Later that night, authorities said another church, Unity Free Will Baptist Church, was set on fire, but that building was not seriously damaged. Authorities also responded to a break-in at a third church.

There is a reward offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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  • Pack Rules Jan 19, 2007

    Actually, the last few that were burned (in Mississippi or Alabama) were done by bored college students.

  • nisa-pizza Jan 19, 2007

    I think they just want to be the first in line in the express lane to hell.

  • the original Milky Jan 19, 2007

    Sometimes it's pastors burning them for the insurance money but, sadly, most of the time it's bored rednecks.

  • Z Man Jan 19, 2007

    What is with the intentional burning of churches in the south? I've seen this over the past few decades and it seems to go on and on. Has it always been like this? I don't recall the motives in the previous burnings. Is it always white supremists burning black churches?