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Raleigh Church Fire Considered Suspicious

Posted March 9, 2007

— Investigators said Friday that an early morning fire at a church in downtown Raleigh is considered suspicious.

The fire started at about 4:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church at the corner of South Wilmington and East Morgan streets.

Investigators said the fire started in the foyer near a side door. The door and the wood around the door were the only things damaged.

The fire occurred in an area that wouldn't affect services at the church, officials said.

Assistant Raleigh Fire Chief Larry Stanford said samples taken from the damaged area aren't consistent with an accidental fire. Authorities don't have any suspects in the fire, he said.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Raleigh police.


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  • Wildman Mar 10, 2007

    ahh yesss..and the worm turns...

    let's just change the headline and lead-in...now it's suspicious...well it's good to see that we're not looking at possible spontaneous combustion after all..

    and the previous comments about the door not catching of fire?
    well let's see...started near door...door and wood around it only thing damaged...

    You must be at least this tall to go on this ride.

  • ArmyMom Mar 9, 2007

    green grass-- earlier today, the article said the fire was NOT SUSPICIOUS. Many people were wondering then why that claim was made so fast.

  • greengrass2 Mar 9, 2007

    As near as i can tell the article states that the samples taken were NOT consistant with an ACCIDENTAL fire. I think that means that the cause might be suspicious, or maybe the headline "Raleigh church fire Considered suspicious" would tell you that is suspicious. Come on people, READ THE ARTICLE

  • suchhappiness Mar 9, 2007

    "HOLY SMOKE", the church is on fire!!!

  • investagator7 Mar 9, 2007

    hello every body , i want to say that i glad it didnt get out of hand like the firers on new burn ave. i glad that the insurance company with help and i glad that people wil have a church to go to when all repairs are done ......most of all i glad that God is still God ........i want to thank the fir firer for going out on the line because it is not easy....


  • Wildman Mar 9, 2007

    talk about missing the point!

    Ya I've dealt with fire inspectors, fire fighters, cops, etc regarding fire, fire safety, fire prevention, and investigation.

    Been in related field for nearly 30 years.

    Ya know what? I don't have time to bicker...ya'll play...not in the mood for sniping.

    We'll see what deputy dawg and the dalmation come up with.

  • Super Typer Mar 9, 2007

    Thank God there wasn't any more damage to the church.

  • nursevb8 Mar 9, 2007

    I'm just glad it wasn't suspicious, I would hate to think that people would purposely set a church on fire (but I know they do) Thank goodness for the little damage.

  • fireman1963 Mar 9, 2007

    Fire fighting is a thankless enough job, not you have people sniping at the poice and fire-fighters for a commment about a fire not being suspicious. Please people, if you have never fought a fire, leave them alone.

    I used to fight fire on the fire lines, now I do it more passively by installing automatic sprinkler systems in buildings such as churches and schools. Either way, an electrical short in a light switch near a door can set the door and frame on fire.

    People need to get lives and realize that not everything that happens is a conspiracy.

  • singleinapex Mar 9, 2007

    I don't believe they intended for "suspicious" to be the only alternative to say an electrical fire. It would seem to me that "suspicious" is used when an intentional fire is set. Couldn't "not suspicious" turn out to be an "accidental" fire? They can't very well call it an "accidental" fire till they know, now can they?