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Weekend fires burn two Stokesdale churches; one ruled arson

Posted December 24, 2012

Fire destroyed Gideon Grove United Methodist Church in Rockingham County on Saturday night.

— Rockingham County authorities are investigating two church fires two nights in a row, one of which was ruled arson, WFMY News in Greensboro reports.

A fire that damaged Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Stokesdale on Sunday night was ruled arson early Monday by investigators. It was set inside the church's fellowship hall, but was quickly extinguished by firefighters.

The pastor told WFMY News that he believes the arsonist broke a window to get inside the hall.

Stokesdale church fires Two church fires in two nights probed in Stokesdale

That fire has cast a suspicious light on the blaze that destroyed Gideon Grove United Methodist Church on Saturday night.

Authorities are now calling that fire suspicious, but have not determined how it started.

The churches are about 4 miles apart.

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  • gentrydrum Dec 24, 2012

    If this is indeed arson, then someone is a real sicko !! I hope he is caught soon and the punishment is quick and hard !!!