Weekend fires burn two Stokesdale churches; one ruled arson
Posted December 24, 2012
Stokesdale, N.C. — 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.
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.